Start with the Cheese
I like a mix of sweet, savory and spicy. But choose what you like. There’s no point in trying to be fancy and pick a bunch of cheeses only to have everyone just eat the brie or goat cheese. For a centerpiece, I like to pick an herbed or flavored goat cheese since they look so pretty. This one is a cranberry herb goat cheese spread. Just hit up the premium cheese section and look for one of their cheese balls.
Then I add something a little more tart. My choice here was a shaved parmesan. Buy it already shaved to save you prep time.
For sweetness, I added a plain goat cheese. And then I finished things out with a Fontina and a spicy Cheddar. If you go with 3 – 4 different options you’ll have something that fits everyone’s palate. Situate them around the edges so they’re easy to grab and pair.
This is the easy part. My tip: grab one of the packages with three different options already sliced and ready to go. Pepperoni, salami and prosciutto are always crowd pleasers. Here in Kentucky, some people love to add country ham which is a fun alternative to the traditional Italian meats.
I love mustard so I never put together a cheese board without it. Pick up some cute serving options,like these little tasting plates, to make it easy for people to serve themselves and even easier to refill as needed. I hate when it’s just left on the board and ends up getting all over people’s hands when they’re reaching across plus it runs into everything on the plate (a big annoyance of mine).
This part is super easy too since you probably already have mustard, jam and honey in your fridge. If you can grab a pepper jelly, that’s always a hit (and is so good with goat cheese and brie) but I just threw some strawberry jam in here that I already had on hand. Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil are another easy option.
I went with grapes, gherkins and marcona almonds – which if you haven’t tried this, grab some next time you’re at the store. They’re pricey but oh so good. I like having something salty like nuts but you can also add roasted red peppers, sliced pickles, bacon, tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries or apples. Just throw in whatever you have available.
I like having both. No need to be super fancy. Just pick up a sliced baguette (again, here for the time saving) and a box of crackers. Make sure to pick ones that won’t crumble really easily. I like these stone wheat ones since you can make a strong stack on them. Some people like to throw these on the board but I like to keep them seperate so you have more room for all the charcuterie goodness.
Since it’s fall, I added a little white pumpkin. At the holidays, you could add a sprig of fir or mistletoe. Basically, I just walk around my house looking for something decorative to add so I can pretend that I am some sort of domestic goddess that planned it all out.