Entertaining Tips: How to Build a Cheeseboard

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I don’t know about you, but every time I find myself in the cheese isle of my grocery store, I pretty much freeze up. There are so many options–and so many delicious options at that–that it can be hard to choose. Tell me I’m not alone in this!

Up until recently, I used to just grab whatever caught my eye or fit within my budget. And while there isn’t necessarily anything wrong with that, I wanted to figure out what my “go-to cheeses” were–the ones that I would serve time and time again at my house. The ones that would make entertaining a breeze and sort of become “my thing.” Hopefully you’re still with me!

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So, I did just that. I did some research, some taste testing (how terrible, right?) and finally figured out my cheese thing–is that cheesy or what? To make your life easier–especially when entertaining–I’m going to share exactly what I buy to make an epic cheese platter.

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As you can see above, I like to serve a mix of snacks to tie people over before the main course. My rule of thumb is to always have at least three different kinds of cheese, and my personal favorites are brie, asiago, and truffled Italian. Along these same lines, I also like to serve a variety of crackers, some healthier and some more indulgent. To top off the cheese, it’s always a good idea to add some charcuterie to the plate. In my case, I usually opt for prosciutto but you could do salami too.

Finally, I add a few snacks in little bowls off to the side. I’ve found that dried apricots, candied pecans, and olives are great options if you’re trying to achieve that salty and sweet balance.

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Oh, and how could I forget? Make sure to add cheese knives to your plate so people can dig in easily. It’s always a good idea to dig in before your guests arrive so the platter doesn’t look too perfect to eat. Plus, you’ll be happier that way, too!

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