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Tips for Assembling the Perfect Cheese Board

Nov 17, 2016 | Meal Planning | 0 comments

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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

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)
  • Figs
  • Sliced apple or pear
  • Grapes
  • Dried fruit (apricots, figs, dates, cherries)

3) Veggies

Again, try a combination of the following:

  • Cucumbers
  • Bell pepper slices (great for color)
  • Jicama
  • Cherry tomatoes (no chopping required!)
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli & cauliflower

4) Meats

My favorites to compliment cheese are:

  • Prosciutto
  • Pepperoni
  • Chorizo
  • Salami

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.

Want to pair with the perfect wine?

Want the perfect wine to serve alongside your cheese board? I highly recommend checking out Dry Farm Wines! It's organically farmed, sugar free, lower in sulfites and free of toxic additives. It's also keto and paleo-friendly!

Perhaps most importantly, it tastes great and always leaves me feeling good the day after I drink it. If you give it a try, let me know what you think!

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