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It’s the holiday season and you’ve probably had a large stack of party invites building up on your counters and calendars which can be a little overwhelming especially if you need to bring a dish…  Not to worry, I’ve got you covered!  With a few quick tips and this easy cheese plate guideline, you can say yes to them all without hesitation!  

holiday cheese board guide

One of the biggest tips you need to know when picking out cheeses for a cheese board is to always have 3-5 different types of cheeses ranging in age, flavor, and texture.  

Soft– Goat Cheese, Brie, Camembert, Mozzarella

Semi-Firm– Cheddar, Manchego, Gouda, Gruyere

Aged– Asiago, Parmigiano, Pecorino

Blue– Gorgonzola, Roquefort

For this cheese board, I chose to use a Triple Creme Brie, Manchego, Asiago, Roquefort, and a Sharp Cheddar.

When it comes to the charcuterie otherwise known as the meats I usually go for Genoa Salami and Proscuitto or Pancetta but any kind of cured meats will do.  

The accouterments to me are the best part of the board.  There are so many varieties to accompany your cheese board such as fresh seasonal fruits, dried fruits, olives, nuts, breadsticks, crackers, crusty bread, crostinis, mustards, preserves or jams, honey, fresh herbs, and in some cases chocolate. Try to choose items that will compliment your cheeses for example pears and blue cheese make a great combination of flavor.

For this board, I chose to use some seasonal fruits by slicing up pears and pomegranates for both color and flavor. Thin toasted onion crackers and sesame crackers are perfect for scooping up morsels of cheese and breadsticks wrapped in prosciutto are an easy treat to eat.  Green olives and kalamata olives are easily plucked from small bowls for snacking and fig preserves to spread on creamy brie bites.  As the finishing touch, I sprinkled in pistachios and dried cranberries and added a few fresh sprigs of rosemary for a little festive holiday flair.

I’ve placed a few of my favorite cheese boards and serving pieces for your convenience below.


I hope you found this post helpful and as always thanks for reading!  Please feel free to leave your favorite cheese board combinations in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

Cheers- Ashley Nicole



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