How to Make a Cheese Board

How to Make a Cheese BoardHow To Make A Cheese Board…my personal go-to favorites are manchego, marcona almonds, spanish olives and chorizo sausage with a crunchy french baguette paired with a white pinot grigio.  there’s nothing better on the whole planet in my opinion.  I love Whole Foods for all my cheese board needs!    I’ve included a printable shopping list at the bottom of this post for your convenience:)  You can also order all these items on Amazon via Whole Foods!  

Check my charcuterie board recipe if you want to up your party game. 

Here’s what you need to get started!

A solid wooden or slate board. I personally like dark wood pizza paddles.  I got mine at Home Goods or TJ Maxx, but you can get them on amazon!

Or, check these suggestions. 

Wooden Cheese Board
Wooden Cheese Board

How to make a cheese board platter, Step by Step Process

The process of making a cheese and meat board starts with selecting the board itself. The same process answers your thoughts on how to make a cheese and meat board.

Step 1: Select the board: 

The cheese boards are available in many forms, shapes, and materials. You can find wooden cheese boards, slates, or synthetic material cheese boards. Some of the available shapes of cheese boards are round, rectangular, or square. If you don’t have a cheese board already, you can use a cutting board, a large food serving dish, or a baking sheet. 

Or you can check some high-quality cheese boards and buy one before you start. 

Step 2: Pick your Cheese 

Cheese boards, as the name tells us, is largely about cheese. You can add almost all types of cheese to the cheese board. Check below to see some of the great cheeses you can add to your cheese board. 

Step 3: Add Meats to Cheese and Meat Board

Meat variety is a must for a good cheese board. Good meats for the cheese board include Prosciutto, salami, soppressata, chorizo, Smithfield country ham or mortadella. 

Step 4: Add Savory Items: 

Good options for savory items may be olives, pickles, roasted peppers, tapenades, cashews, spicy mustards, artichokes, etc. 

Step 5: Add Sweat items 

You can add dried fruits, nuts, honey, chocolate, any kind of chutney, or any preserves. 

Step 6: Add Breads and Crackers 

Create a variety of breads and crackers on the cheese board to make it even more rich and delicious. 

Step 7: Garnish your Cheese Board Well 

Use edible flowers, herbs, fruits to garnish your cheese board. 

can i make a cheese board the day before

how do you make a cheese board
how do you make a cheese board


What to Put on a Cheese Board

Best Meats for Cheese Board

Prosciutto, salami, soppressata, chorizo, Smithfield country ham or mortadella

Best Cheese for Cheese Board

My personal favorites are Midnight Moon, Bella Vittano, Herbed Goat Cheese.  I love incorporating goat and sheep’s milk cheese, and I actually prefer them over cow’s milk cheeses.  

Be sure to include a soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, and a hard cheese. 

Examples here:

Soft: burrata, mozzarella, brie, Humboldt fog
Semi-Soft: stilton, Roquefort, Gorgonzola, Fontina
Semi-Hard: Manchego, Swiss, provolone, Comte
Hard: cheddar, parmesan, pecorino, Asiago

Best Bread for Cheese Board 

crunchy French baguette, ciabatta, bread sticks, herbed crostini, multigrain crackers, water crackers, parmesan crisps. They have an amazing ciabatta crostino at Whole Foods, it’s my favorite!

Best Fruit for Cheese Board

Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, oranges, tangerines, pear, grapes, pomegranate

Salty Acidic Items for Cheese Board

think olives, cornichon pickles, olive tapenade, bleu cheese stuffed olives, marinated mushrooms, artichokes (also found at the olive bar at Whole Foods)

Dried Fruit for Cheese Board

apricots, figs

Best Nuts for Cheese Board

almonds, marcona almonds, cashews

Spreads for Cheese Board

apricot spread, chutney, fresh wild local honey, tapenade, fig jam, pepper jelly

Garnish for Cheese Board

rosemary, basil, thyme

And don’t forget the wine!!!!  I’m a member of California Wine Club and get wine shipped to my house every month!  That way I always have a fresh set of new wines to try with my boards!  

How Far in Advance Can You Make a Cheese Board?

Wondering if you can make a cheese board ahead of time, you can but not much in advance. 

When you have the ingredients ready, you can put a cheese board together in a few minutes. When making the cheese board ahead of time, assemble your cheese board as usual, put everything on it except crackers, breads, or nuts as these three become soggy. 

I recommend that you make a cheese board only one day in advance as there are fruits and other items that may change texture or taste with time. 


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How to make a small cheese board?

Follow these steps to make a small cheese board. You will have to keep the food variety limited. 

Step 1: Select a small cheese board.
Step 2: Pick the cheese varities, don’t add too many.
Step 3: Add Meats to your cheese board, I recommend prosciutto, salami, chorizo, or mortadella only
Step 4: Add small quantitis of savory items like olives, pickles, cashews, spicy mustards etc.
Step 5: Add sweat items like nuts, fruits, or honey in small quantities.
Step 6: Add small variety of bread and crackers
Step 7: Garnish small cheese board with herbs and edible flowers

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How to make a beautiful cheese board?

A beautiful cheese board is all about the colors of the items you put on it and how you place them. 

For making a beautiful cheese board and making it look really good, choose food with different colors. That way, you will see great color variety. 

Also go for fresh items like fresh fruits, fresh meats, colorful berries, color pickles, or jams, and your cheese board will look great. 

How to Make a Large Cheese Board

What is the difference between charcuterie and cheese board?

Charcuterie board is mostly about meats like sausages, salami, ham, confit, ballotines, terrines, etc while a cheese board is the presenting the different types of cheese as a meal course.

interested in making a charcuterie board, here is how to make a charcuterie board.


beginner wine and cheese pairings
beginner wine and cheese pairings

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how much does it cost to make a cheese board?

The cost of making a cheese board can vary between $50 to $150 depending on what food you put on it and what is the size of the cheese board. The cost may be lower when you are making many cheese boards for a party, etc.

Printable Shopping List!

Charcuterie Board Shopping List

Charcuterie Board Shopping List


  • marcona almonds
  • french baguette
  • fig jam
  • brie
  • herbed goat cheese
  • manchengo
  • smoked gouda
  • midnight moon
  • bella viattano
  • water crackers
  • bread sticks
  • olive tapenade
  • salami
  • proscuitto
  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • blackberries
  • oranges
  • wild local honey
  • cornichons
  • pinot grigio
  • pinot noir
  • cabernet
  • merlot
  • red blend
  • chardonnay
  • rose
  • champagne
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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This post was last updated on 23 November 2022.

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