- START WITH THE BOARD
Cheese boards are typically assembled on a slate or wooden tray, which may be square, rectangular, or round. But if you don’t already own one you can use a plate or a cutting board. Any flat surface will work.
- SELECT THE CHEESES
Try to include a variety of flavors and textures by selecting cheeses from different families. Display the cheeses different ways – spears, wedges, cubes, whole, sliced, or rolled up. Stay away from pre-sliced cheese.
- START WITH THE BIG ITEMS: BOWLS AND CHEESE
Start with the things that take up the most room on a cheese plate (you might add charcuterie).
- ADD A VARIETY OF BREADS
Sliced baguette, bread sticks, and a variety of crackers in different shapes, sizes, and flavors.
- ADD SOME SAVORY
Such as olives, pickles, roasted peppers, tapenades, almonds, cashews, or spicy mustards.
- FILL IN BIG SPACES
Add dried fruits and candied nuts.
- GARNISH IT OFF WITH SEASONAL TOUCH
Add edible flowers, fresh herbs, or fruits to give your board a unique look.
Keep in mind that cheese tastes best at room temperature. Let the cheese sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.