Who doesn’t like a good cheese board? If you answered no then we obviously can’t be friends! 😉 I’ll show you how I make my ultimate cheeseboard in less than 10 minutes. The best cheeses to pair with delicious chutneys and everything else you need to make a Pinterest worthy cheese board.
If you want to create a cheeseboard that is beautiful to look at and keeps your guests nibbling away for hours then follow these easy steps. You’ll be the next cheese board Queen! I love using wood or marble boards or I’ve also seen people using parchment paper straight on their kitchen worktops. I was also gifted this gorgeous cheeseboard as a wedding gift which is perfect for when I make a smaller board for the hubby and I.
It probably looks a bit overwhelming but here’s how I divide my ingredients into 5 categories to make it easier at the grocery store. When it comes to putting it all together, basically throw it all on there and make sure you’re board is almost fully covered with the all good stuff.
1. The cheeses
It’s called a cheeseboard so obviously, you should have a few kinds of cheese on there. I go with 3-4 of my favourites …skip the blue cheese but that’s just me. The basic rule when it comes to picking the cheeses is, you should have 1 soft cheese, 1 stinky cheese, 1 semi-hard and 1 hard. I also prefer going with different colours.
2. The meats
You don’t have to add cured meats but I find the mixture of sweet and salty makes the perfect cheese board. Try getting meats that have different textures. I always go with my favourites, prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni.
3. The crackers/ carbs
In my opinion, this step is a must and pretty straight forward. It’s not a cheese board without some crackers. You can also substitute this with a baguette or breadsticks.
4. Fruits and chutneys
Try and find seasonal fruits. I used raspberries for this board but you can also use grapes, blueberries or apples go hand in hand with brie cheese. If you want to fill out your cheese board a bit more then you could use figs or whole plums but I tend to stick with a fruit that people can actually eat with the cheeseboard. I always have a minimum of 2 chutneys, one for the sweeter options and one for the salty cheeses. You can also use honey or jellies as I did on this board.
5. Extra bits
This step is more for the aesthetics of your board, it brings it all to the next level and really creates the ultimate cheeseboard. Adding flavoured nuts or fresh leaves makes it pretty on the eyes. I also like having olives and mini pickles.
Putting it all together
- Put your extra’s and chutney’s in small bowl or containers – add it to the board
- Add your cheeses. I like cutting a few pieces so that it’s easier for everyone to reach and grab the cheeses they prefer.
- Add your crackers
- Fill the rest of the board with cured meats and some of the extra’s that you decided to add. Dont forget to add spoons or mini knives.
Now that you’ve got everything you need, go ahead and create the ultimate cheeseboard. Have your friends over or have it all for yourself and pair it with some delicious wines.