Holiday Cheese Board

close up cheese

I love entertaining. It is so much fun to have friends and family over for a meal or even just an appetizer. Part of the attraction is that I like to buy a few special things that we don’t eat on an every day basis when we have company.

A cheese tray is always part of the plan for entertaining at our house. We enjoy shopping for unique cheeses, and paring them with other fruity, savory, sweet or salty components.

pumpkin seeds

Our favorite cheese boards include a little of everything to satisfy even the pickiest eater. I like to combine domestic and imported cheeses. I also be sure to have a variety of cow’s milk, sheep and goat cheese selections for those who can’t eat dairy products.

Here’s how the cheese board gets put together:

Sweet ingredients: Thinly sliced apples, Candied Walnuts, red grapes, chopped dried apricots, dried cranberries.

Savory ingredients: Roasted pumpkin seeds, raw almonds, crunchy Italian bread sticks, slices of chewed French baguette and crisp gluten free crackers.

complete tray

There are so many cheese to choose from! I like to look for a variety of color and texture when choosing cheeses to make the board visually appealing as well as tasty.

Soft Cheeses: Mild goat cheese, Port Wine Cheese Spread, Swiss Almond Cheese Spread, Brie and Port Salute Cheese.

stripey jack

Medium Cheeses: Petite Basque Sheep’s Milk Cheese from France, Stripey Jack Cheese from England (Double Gloucester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Wensleydale and Cheddar), and Baby Swiss (domestic).

A few bits of green lettuce set off the colors and make for easy clean up under the soft cheeses. Most cheeses are served at room temperature, but the medium and hard cheeses are more easily sliced if they are chilled. You can chill your cheese board before hand in the refrigerator for 15 minutes if you prefer them cold. My cheese board is made from black marble. I ordered it from

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I love the contrast of the dark board against the light cheese, it sets off the cheese beautifully.

The cheeses I used can be found at most Wholefoods stores and ordered from Crystal Creek Dairy.

Time to eat!



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