The older I get, the more I realize the importance of being a good host and having the proper food and drink options for guests when they come over. I love cooking but sometimes I just want to chill a little and a create a bomb cheese board which pairs well when you’re casually having a friends over for a glass of wine or two. I think this is a true art and I finally came across my dream chease board at Anthrolologie a few weeks back. So of course, I could not wait to bring my cheese board to life!
Here’s what you need to build the cheese board of your dreams:
- A cheese board. I love my marble and brass cheese board from Anthropologie but they have many more options that may fit your particular style. Luckily, they always have a great cheese board on sale if you don’t want to spend more than $50 for one. I honestly felt like I hit the jackpot when I found mine. It was sold out online but I found it in store on clearance. PLUS, they were having an additional 40% off clearance sale. WINNING! I knew it was meant to be when I saw it and I’m glad I didn’t settle for another cheese board. lol
- Make it rain CHEESE. Choose a mix of cheese from a variety of textures. I stay away from stinky cheese! That’s not my thing. Here’s a list of some of my favorite cheeses that past guests seemed to enjoy: smoked gouda, brie, cheddar, pepper jack, cream cheese and maybe something fun I’ve never tried before.
- Add something salty (meats and other things). My go-to salty items are usually olives, pickles, prosciutto, smoked salmon, salami, salted smoked almonds and maybe pepperoni.
- Add something sweet. I’m not big on jams and things so I tend to add fruit like grapes or apples to my cheese boards. Fruits go really well with cheese.
- Add crackers. Maybe Bread. Use plain sourdough or french bread. If you’re having people over for a good amount time, people tend to get hungry and will reach for the bread. Crackers are totally up to you. I lean more towards water crackers.
- Fill in spaces. Fill in the spaces of your cheese board with garnishes, nuts, fruits or whatever is left over!