Cheese Boards….Coming Right Up!

My go-to appetizer when entertaining guests of any size is to create a cheeseboard. I also find that cheese boards can be somewhat romantic when paired with some champagne or prosecco if you want to make a cheese board for two!

Cheese boards come together quickly and don’t require any baking or cooking.  With a mix of textures and a sweet and savory combination, cheese boards have a little something for everyone

Cheese Boards

How Much Cheese for each guest?

As a general rule, one ounce of each cheese for every guest, and about four to five types of cheese is perfect for most gatherings.

What Kind of Cheese to Use for a Cheese Board?

In general, you should select one type of cheese in each of the following categories:

Soft Cheese: Brie, Feta, Fresh Mozzarella, Munster, Goat Cheese

Semi-Soft: Colby, Baby Swiss, Pepper Jack, Gouda

Semi-Hard: Manchego,  Provolone, Montere Jack

Hard: Aged Cheddar, Aged Asiago

Cheese Boards

Admittedly, I typically just use the types of cheese that I enjoy, especially when the board is for two or three people. However, if the cheese board is for a larger crowd, I will do my best to research a variety of different types of cheeses for the board. However, when serving a cheese board for a party, I try to serve at least one familiar cheese.

General Tips for Putting together a Cheese Board

  1. Try to include a range of textures and tastes. A lot of cheese comes from among 4 basic categories: aged, soft, firm, or blue. For a great variety, choose at least one from each group.
  • Another popular suggestion is picking cheeses by the kind of milk used (cow, goat, sheep) to make the cheese. This will likewise ensure that you have a variety of various tastes on the plate.
  • Separate strong-smelling cheeses. If you wish to serve a pungent, cheese, separate them from other cheeses so that it doesn’t overpower the more fragile cheeses. 
  • Have a separate knife available for each cheese, especially the soft ranges. Soft cheese spreads can be plated with a butter knife, whereas firm cheese may need a paring knife.
  • Be sure to take the cheese from the fridge an hour before serving—as cold cheese is not as flavorful.
  • Label each cheese so you will not need to recite the names all night if you are serving the cheese board at a party.
  • Lastly, research and learn how to store cheese appropriately. This is helpful for both storing cheese before making your board and afterward if you have leftovers.

Here’s What I Used for the Cheese Board pictured above.

Cheese

  • Garlic and Herb Goat Cheese (Soft Cheese)
  • Peppercorn Double Cream Brie Cheese (Soft Cheese)
  • Gouda Cheese (Semi-Soft)
  • Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese (Semi-Hard)

Fruit

  • Red Grapes
  • Strawberries

Nuts

  • Salted Mixed Nuts

Meat

  • Turkey Pepperoni

Bread & Crackers

Others

  • Garlic Stuffed Olives
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Honey (not pictured)

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Ash Renee

Ash Renee, is an NYC Real Estate/Business Lawyer, Consultant, and Blogger. A New York transplant for the last 10 years, Ash loves exploring the NYC restaurants, fashion, and the black professional social scene. Ash was born and raised in Chicago.

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