How to Make a Cheeseboard

a cheeseboard.

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Learn how to make a Cheeseboard loaded with cheese, cured meat, and other delicious bites. I’m sharing my tips for the best cheeseboard, including the best base to use and how to pick the ingredients. Make it, and it will be the star of the holidays!


  • 1 to 2 kinds of soft cheese: Spreadable cheese like beer cheese, creamy goat cheese, brie, or other containers of soft cheese.
  • 1 to 2 kinds of sliced cheese: Cheddar, gouda, pepper jack cheese, or Colby jack are all good options.
  • 2 wedges of cheese: Gorgonzola or another type of blue cheese or look for wedge cheese made with dried fruit.
  • 4 different kinds of crackers: Pick a variety of shapes and colors. Water crackers, butter crackers, crunchy breadsticks, and sesame crackers all work well.
  • 3 to 4 different kinds of cured meat: I love prosciutto, hard salami, and other Italian-style cured meat are delicious.
  • 2 to 3 different kinds of marinated snacks: Add some stuffed olives, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, or cornichons. Be sure to drain them well before adding them to your board. I think it works best to place them in a bowl so they don’t get the other components wet.
  • 2 to 3 kinds of dried fruit and nuts: Any kind of roasted nuts and dried fruit like apricots and cranberries are a good way to fill in gaps on the board.


  1. For a large cheese board, a rimmed sheet pan works great. It keeps everything contained and is easy to move around if the party moves from the kitchen to another room.
  2. Start by placing the large items first. Anything in a bowl and the cheese wedges.
  3. Place the crackers around the big items. Large ones can be fanned out and small crackers can be piled. If you have large crackers or breadsticks, place them in a corner of the board so they don’t take lots of room.
  4. Arrange the cured meats by folding them or piling them in open spots on the board.
  5. Take the dried fruit and nuts and pile them in the rest of the open spots. They work well in corners or in between bowls and cheese wedges.