A good cheese board is a welcome addition to any party, gathering or snack table. These tips I’m sharing today are going to make it easy for you to pull together a simple cheese board with little more than what you might find in your refrigerator or freezer.
I’ve partnered with Kroger today to share these tips for making easy cheeseboards.
It’s easier than you might think to pull together a crowd-pleasing beautiful cheese board in just a few minutes relying on kitchen staples and familiar ingredients.
And with a few special ingredients on hand, you’ll have a cheese board at your fingertips for any possible occasion.
Pick 2-3 cheeses, a handful of different crackers, some fruits and vegetables, pickles and olives, a little dish or jam or mustard, and you’re almost done.
Family movie nights, date nights at home with Sean, two-handed coffee or a quick lunch with friends? A cheese board is almost always my answer to the “what should I serve?” question.
When you have a last minute dinner guest or an unexpected visit from a friend, learning to pull together a basic cheese board in just a few minutes can save the day.
Enjoy as a pre-dinner appetizer alone, alongside other appetizers or hors d’oeuvres or a centerpiece for a picnic lunch.
The serving possibilities are endless.
Keep it simple! Every cheese board doesn’t need to have every single ingredient on it. Sometimes the simplest cheese boards are my favorite.
Crackers for a Cheese Board
Crackers on a cheese board don’t need to be fancy. Whatever you have in your pantry is likely to do. Ritz crackers are a fantastic vehicle for most kinds of cheeses, as are woven wheat styles of crackers (like Triscuits), and water crackers.
If you happen to have a baguette or another type of crusty bread around, you can certainly add it to your cheeseboard. But there’s no need to bake bread or make a special trip to the bakery just for your cheese board. Remember–we’re aiming for simple!
Fruits and Vegetables for a Cheese Board
Adding fruit to your cheese board isn’t strictly necessary but it is a nice way to balance out the salty flavors of cheese and crackers with something sweet.
Grapes, apple and pear slices are traditional but strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries would also be tasty additions to your cheese board.
Nuts for a Cheese Board
Nuts make a cheese board feel just a little extra special somehow. Almonds, cashews, and walnuts are wonderful choices. Choose a simple roasted and salted variety or your favorite candied, sugared, or other specialty nuts.
I especially love these Treasure EmporiYum nuts that I found at Kroger. The Sea Salt Caramel Cashews and the Vanilla & Honey Almonds are a terrific addition to any cheeseboard and they have quickly become family favorites for snacking too.
Treasure EmporiYum is a carefully curated collection of delicious discoveries are exclusive to the Kroger Family of Stores. You can find these items specially marketed in select store locations.
They add the perfect blend of sweetness, saltiness and crunch to a cheese board. If you like them as much as me you might also want to serve an extra bowl of them alongside your board for extra noshing.
How to Transport a Cheese Board
I love using rimmed boards and trays when making charcuterie boards and cheese trays. That rim helps everything stay in place when moving things from one location to another.
Assemble the tray at home and cover it tightly with plastic wrap during transport to prevent accidental spills.
If you’re using a flat charcuterie board and need to transport your cheese board, I recommend bringing your ingredients in airtight containers and assembling the board upon arrival.
Occasions like this are when you want to keep your ingredients as minimal and no-fuss as possible.
The Private Selection nuts from the Treasure EmporiYum product line are one of my favorite food finds this year. The specialty nuts add so much great flavor to cheese trays, but they make terrific hostess gifts along with a bottle of wine or some homemade fudge.
Show up to a party with a cheese board and a container of these nuts for the hostess and you’ll be greeted with smiles and gratitude, guaranteed.
Easy Cheese Board
Assembling a cheese board really doesn’t require any special knowledge or high brow expensive cheeses and meats.
In most cases, you can pull together a tasty cheese board that everyone will love using ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
For more tips on making a cheese board that won’t break the bank, visit my Cheese Board Making 101 Guide.
- 2-3 assorted cheeses
- 3 varieties of crackers
- fresh ready to eat vegetables: cucumbers, carrots, grape tomatoes, mini peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower
- fresh ready to eat fruits: grapes and berries
- small bite-size pickles, olives, and sliced jalapenos
- sweet and spicy jam or jelly
- ground mustard
- dried fruits: apricots, banana chips, and raisins
- assorted nuts
- Arrange the cheese around the board. Next, add the crackers.
- Add little bowls or piles of pickles and olives. Add tiny dishes of jam and/or mustard.
- Fill in the gaps with fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, dried fruits, and nuts. Enjoy!
Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Kroger to share this easy cheese board with you. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Barefeet In The Kitchen possible. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.