The Key to a Perfect Cheese Board

As a self-proclaimed wine and cheese aficionado, I love the chance to invite people over for an evening of gathering together and connecting over a perfectly constructed cheese board! Truly, there are few things in life that are better than the perfect cheese board. Enjoy a few tips and ideas for your next soirée! 

Variety

I like to serve a variety of cheeses from the four main flavor categories. Offering 3 to 5 cheese selections is a good rule of thumb for your cheese board. It is also a great idea to include various types of milk: cow, goat, and sheep. 

Additionally, for your guests who might be feeling a little less adventurous, try to include a more common cheese, like cheddar or swiss. 

Aged: Aged Cheddar, Comté, Gouda
Soft: Camembert, Boursin, Brie, Goat
Firm: Manchego, Gruyere, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack, Provolone
Blue: Gogonzola, Stilton , Roquefort
Image: Perry Vaile

Image: Perry Vaile

Accoutrements

The cheese pairings are a crucial component to the construction of your cheese board! It is a great idea to include something sweet, such as figs or grapes, as well as a salty element, like prosciutto or pistachios. I always love to include honey, olives, pickles, and crackers on cheese boards I create. 

Image: Erin McGinn

Image: Erin McGinn

Personalize It

If you are vegetarian and won’t be serving meats, consider some delicious crudités! Smoked salmon is also a great alternative to meat if you prefer fish.