(A good cheese board plate will make a perfect appetizer for a party, get together, and holiday entertainment) Are you wondering how to make your perfect cheese board? A cheese plate will make a perfect dish on those days when you feel lazy to make dinner. This article is titled how to make a cheese board without spending much, and true to this we have covered everything about a cheese board you can make while saving your hard-earned money.
When assembling a cheese board, it is better to start by picking the cheese and to have a variety of flavors and textures. Below you will find some options that are easy to get at an average grocery shop or cheese shop.
Have fun mixing and matching cheese from different categories
- Firm or semi-firm cheeses: Something like aged white cheddar, Gouda, Edam, Gruyère, Dubliner, and/or Manchego.
- Spreadable or soft cheeses: Think Brie, Camembert, and/or soft goat cheese.
- Something funky: Maybe a strong blue cheese, like Gorgonzola, Stilton, or Roquefort. This isn’t for everyone, so if I know I’m not serving adventurous eaters, I might skip it.
If you want to make two cheese from different categories, make sure they at least contrast in one way or the other. For example, a cheese board containing goat and brie, their flavors are distinct. You can make the goat be tangy and flecked with herbs while the brie should be buttery and nice. Even though both the cheese a soft, if you combine them, your cheese board will combine a variety of flavors.
After picking your cheeses, what next is to start thinking of what texture and flavor you might need to add to the board. Dried fruits and nuts? A fancy jam? Honey? Briny olives? You can choose at least one item from each of these categories:
- Sweet: Balance out the salty, funky cheeses with a little something sweet! Set out a jar of honey or tart cherry or fig jam. Dried and fresh fruits are a great choice too.
- Salts: Something like olives or cornichons.
- Crunchy: Like nuts, crispy chickpeas, and (of course!) crackers to pair with the cheese.
- And a pop of color: Seasonal fruit such as apples, pears, or grapes will help you out here. In the fall and winter, you can also add festive sprigs of fresh rosemary or thyme
Assembling the cheese board
Here is where most of the fun is. Put your cheese ingredients on the board. Wash any fruits and slice ones like the apple and appears ahead of time. And if you are worried about browning, you can squeeze them with a bit of lemon juice. You can also slice firm and semi-firm cheeses on a cutting board before transferring them to a serving platter. This will be easy for your guests to grab and eat. Now arrange the fruits on your serving plate or board and fill the gaps with other components. And when your guests arrive, make sure you have a few cheese knives handy for slicing and spreading the softer cheeses. Enjoy!
This is another simple version of how to make a cheese board without spending much in 10 minutes. Making a cheese board is not something to be in dilemma about. If you are a fan of meat, just pile your favorites. Sometimes the board the line fancy. For example, your kids ask you to make cheese board for lunch, you will just use whatever is in hand.
Meat and cheese boards
Whenever you want to build your cheese board, start with the cheese as stated in the first method. And for example, you are building a board for 5-6 people, consider using 3 varieties of cheese. Ideally, there will be mild, medium, and strong cheese. Your family might want a mild brie, a medium or sharp cheddar, pepper jack, and a stronger or funkier-smelling cheese like Humboldt Fog, stilton, bleu cheese, or goat cheese. Everybody loves Cabot’s Everything Cheddar and the Unexpected Cheddar from Trader Joe’s. During the holidays, especially the cranberry goat cheese, also from Trader Joe’s.
For meat lovers, you can go for the 3-pack of charcuterie meats from Trader Joe. It’s affordable and gives a unique variety without exceeding your budget. If there isn’t a Trader Joe’s in your area, just ask at the deli counter for about 3 ounces each (thin slices) of your favorite meats, you also pick one hard salami every time. You don’t need plenty of meat, just a little scattering of meats on the board for salty savory bites. And for the salami, since there are many varieties of hard or soft, you can decide on which to try. Then capocollo, prosciutto, plain old ham, turkey, and roast beef will work as well. Also, a hard salami goes for $5 and when you slice it thin it will fill a lot of space on the board.
Assembling the cheese board
Next, you should pile on a few different crackers, and you can opt for a basic sea salt cracker, a multigrain or wheat cracker, and then a nutty cracker that’s filled with dried fruits or other more unusual ingredients. The unusual cracker you usually see in many cheese boards is the Raisin Rosemary Crisps from Trader Joe’s. You can add pickles and olives in little bowls most of the time so that their juices won’t mix with any of the other ingredients. Little pinch bowls with a spicy jam and a sweater option, honey, mustard, fresh veggies, dry fruits like apricots, apples, banana chips, oranges or pineapples, nuts like rosemary Marcona almonds, and the candied walnuts from Trader’s Joe’s as well, and fresh fruits are added according to what you have in hand or what you are craving.
You can also add some random things roasted peppers, pepperoncini, sun-dried tomatoes, giant dried corn or corn nuts, pretzels, wasabi peas, edamame, and pretty much anything that goes from the snack section of the pantry.
Sometimes you can also add Aunt Judy’s Cheddar Cheeseball or the Everything Bagel Cheeseball. When you have it at hand, I’ll add a dill pickle dip or ranch dip, fruit salsa, or even these salad-on-a-stick skewers. Sliced and toasted leftover baguette makes a nice addition as well.
You might be overwhelmed with the abundance of ultra-fancy boards that you had seen in restaurants and online. Now after reading this article on how to make a cheese board without spending much, you should start planning to make your cheeseboard, just try adding something new to try just for fun all the time. And to clarify. Planning a cheese board is different from throwing one together from a pantry, however, all kind of cheese board you decide to make is delicious.
But sometimes it is fun to get a little fancier with it and make sure you have all your favorite ingredients at hand. You can purchase all your ingredients and make your cheeseboard just like the picture above, pour some wine and share the board with your friends. You can just wrap a massive weekend of shooting recipe videos and it will be a perfect way to end your night. So let’s dive into this delicious journey and enjoy.