This epic fall cheese board is a must for your next party! It looks impressive and it’s actually very easy to assemble! It requires little prep work and zero cooking (unless you make the condiments yourself). With this epic fall cheese board on your menu, you won’t need to bother making another appetizer.
Cheese boards used to intimidate me. How do you know what cheese to put on a cheese board? What else are you supposed to put on a cheese board?
I’m going to tell you, I promise!
I have made several cheese boards in the past and they haven’t always gone over well. But this one, my friends, was a hit! I’m going to tell you what I’ve learned over the years and hopefully, if you’re a cheese board novice, you’ll see how EASY it is to make your own. And then trust me, you’re going to want to make a cheese board for every gathering from here on out.
I’m going to share some tips that I’ve learned and I also want to mention, these tips are NOT rules, just some friendly advice. Also, if you have any cheese board tips please share them with me!
Cut the cheese!
You don’t need to slice all of the cheese – but slicing at least some of the cheese makes it less intimidating for your guests! It takes just a minute of your time, looks pretty on the plate and is easier to eat. I’m not sure if you’re like me – but I feel awkward being the first to cut through a solid block of cheese. Make it easy on your guests and cut the cheese, y’all. (And yes, I intentionally wrote “cut the cheese” instead of “slice the cheese” because I am still in third grade and clearly not sophisticated enough for this cheese board 🙈)
Try not to crowd the cheese
Use a large platter so you can keep the cheese separated! Blue cheese is strong in flavor and if it’s too close to the other cheeses, they’ll all end up tasting blue.
Assemble the board early
Assemble the cheese board about half an hour before the guests arrive so that you serve the cheese at room temperature. Cold cheese is no bueno.
Choose cheese that’s different in flavor and texture
I like to choose 4 different types of cheese: aged, firm, soft and blue. You can see some recommendations in the recipe card below – you can also ask whoever is working behind the cheese counter at your local store for recommendations.
Cheese boards CAN be budget friendly!
I used to buy cheese from Whole Foods and still do sometimes when I want advice from the cheesemonger (cheese expert) behind their cheese counter. But I’m also a huge fan of the cheese offered at ALDI. ALDI has an amazing selection of cheese, especially during the holidays when they offer special imported cheese. There’s no rule that good cheese has to be expensive so if you’re on a budget, trust me – go to ALDI. All of the cheese pictured on this board is from ALDI along with cured meats and some of the gluten-free crackers.
Add some fresh fruit if possible
Apples and pears aren’t expensive and add color to the board. I found champagne grapes which are perfect for a cheese board, but you can definitely use regular grapes too. And fresh figs are a splurge if you can find them – just a few of them make the board pop. You can also always go the dried fruit route! I buy organic dried figs and dates in bulk from Costco and they last a long time in our pantry.
Condiments are key
I made fresh apple chutney and apple butter to put on my cheese board because I decided to be an overachiever for the day. You really don’t need to do this. Buy some apple butter or jam or any type of preserves you want and place them on the board. If budget isn’t an issue, buy a block of honeycomb and put it on there too. I asked Roby to pick me up a block while he was at the store and he sent a text asking me if I really “wanted to spend $40 on a block of honeycomb the size of an iPhone,” lol. And this is why I do the grocery shopping 99.8 percent of the time (though he would’ve done it if I really wanted it… because he is the best). Anyway, I found a block of honeycomb on amazon for a much better price sooo that will be making an appearance on my next platter.
This cheese board is the perfect sole appetizer for 8-10 people if you plan on serving dinner afterward. If you make a cheese board using my “advice,” will you let me know how it turned out for you? And definitely share any advice/tips you have for making a cheeseboard!Print
This epic fall cheeseboard is the perfect appetizer for your next fall party!
Cheese (1 of each):
- Aged Cheese: aged cheddar, aged gouda
- Hard/Firm Cheese: manchego, asiago, parmigiano-reggiano
- Soft Cheese: goat chevre, humboldt fog, brie, camembert
- Blue: smoked blue, gorgonzola
- Cured Meats: prosciutto, capicola, sopressata
- Condiments: apple butter and/or apple chutney
- Fruit: apples, figs, champagne grapes
- Crackers (love the gluten-free crackers from Aldi and Trader Joes)
- Marcona almonds (love the rosemary almonds from Trader Joes)
- pears, pumpkin seeds, olives, cornichons, dried figs, grapes, dried apricots, other preserves, balsamic glaze, honeycomb
- Assemble everything together on a large platter.