Putting together a cheese board doesn’t have to be difficult. How to put together a cheese board quickly will have you whipping up a board for your next drop-by visitor, an easy mid-week meal, afternoon session, or bring a plate occasion. Aside from those with lactose issues who doesn’t love cheese, right?
My love of cheese is a well-known fact about me, so much so even my clients send me cheese in the mail as a gift. It doesn’t have to be difficult; most of what you need to make a killer board can live in your pantry or fridge for you to grab when you need it. That’s my first tip, stock your life in preparation for cheese at any moment.
Start with the basics; take stock.
What do you need to have for a cheese board? Think of your favourite things to eat with cheese; fruits and nuts, cured meats and crackers. All of these things have pretty long shelf lives and can be maintained pretty easily. Start by keeping a well-stocked pantry of crackers, nuts and dried fruits and cheeses, fresh fruits and meats in your fridge. Plus, doing things like growing herbs in your garden can add colour and flavour to your board.
You’d be surprised what you already have in your fridge or pantry to get you started. Take a look, and don’t discount anything as possible ingredients for your board. Some suggestions to keep an eye out for are;
- Fruit (fresh or dried)
- Cured meats
- Pickled items (pickles, onions)
- Preserved vegetables (artichoke, semi-dried tomatoes)
- Seeds and nuts
- Dips and spreads
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
Phew. Once you take a look and start pulling things out to assess, a theme will start to appear. Sometimes we have a heap of tomatoes, so we do an Italian style board with soft cheeses, basil, spinach, olives and bread with olive oil to dip. Other times all we have is a heap of nuts, so we pair that with whatever cured meat and crackers we can find. Got vegetables? Keep it simple with a veggie-heavy crudités platter. Look for the theme and things that work together and crush your charcuterie game.
How to put together a cheeseboard – step by step;
- Collect and prepare your supplies
- Place your cheeses and larger items.
- Prepare, fold and place meats and savoury add ons
- Group and place crackers; tuck them around
- Fill with fruits or sweet add ons
- Dollop or place the dips, spreads or honey
And now it is time to raid the fridge and pantry and see what you can pull together. What do you think? Do you have some ideas for how to put together a cheeseboard quickly? The basics are that you need to keep a good stock of items, use what you have and then pull it all together on a board like an Instagram pro. You might just be surprised at the cheese board level that you can pull off with a few basic supplies and very little planning.
And yes, this isn’t even my first ever post about my love of the cheeseboard. A few years ago, after returning from the Barossa Valley, I shared my tips for cheeseboard signature style. Whatever that is. Haha. Let’s face it, any excuse to have cheese for dinner, take some images and write it all off as a business expense*. What can I say? Sometimes you don’t feel like making dinner; cheese for the win.
*not tax advice, lol.
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Hi! I’m Melissa Walker Horn. Around here, they call me Suger. I’m the Chief Blogger and doer of all the things here at Suger Coat It. Blogging since 1901; I love a casual ootd, taking photos, and writing about things that irk or inspire me. I love wine and cheese, long days at the beach and spending time with my family. I make stuff for the internet over at Chalkboard Digital. You know, living the sweet life.