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Tips for Assembling the Perfect Cheese Board

Even Lucius loves holiday time!

Even Lucius loves holiday time!

It's holiday party season! Brook and I spend a lot of time both hosting and attending parties, so coming up with creative appetizers is a must! For me, there is nothing better than a well thought out, stylish cheese board. As decadent as that sounds, a perfect cheese board is quite simple to throw together using your favorite platter or cutting board and a few ingredients that you might already have on hand. Feel free to jazz it up a bit with chalkboard signs, seasonal accessories, fun serving pieces, etc.

I cannot wait to see what creations you come up with (please share you pictures with me on Instagram!!! @prepdish).

Tips for Assembling the Perfect Cheese Board

The Perfect Cheese Board

1) Cheese
Cheese is optional, but if using, I pick a variety of hard and soft cheeses (like the manchego and sharp cheddar pictured).
I also use a mix of cow, sheep & goat cheese. And don't forget the blue cheese (I'm a fan, so I usually throw some on there!).

2) Fruit
Try a combination of the following:
Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
Sliced apple or pear
Dried fruit- apricots, figs, dates, cherries

3) Veggies
Again, try a combination of the following:
Bell pepper slices (great for color)
Cherry tomatoes (no chopping required!)
Broccoli & cauliflower

4) Meats
My favorites to compliment cheese are:
Or if I'm purchasing from a specialty shop, I'll ask the attendant for recommendations.

5) Crackers
These are optional and can be subbed with veggies. My favorite crackers are:
Homemade almond crackers like these from Elana's Pantry (PS: rosemary is nice addition to these!)
Cassava crackers (I find these in Puerto Rico and have seen more Cassava options pop up in Whole Foods.)
Nut thins

6) Olives and/or cornichons
Tip: I like getting a variety of olives from the olive bar.

7) An all-fruit jam or homemade chutney
If you would like to make your own, here's a good base recipe to try.

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