Classic Cheese Board

Every celebration deserves a great cheese board ... especially one that's Gluten-free and with Vegan options

Savory and crowd-pleasing!

The only thing better than a classic Cheese Board is one that’s Gluten-free with Vegan options too.

This one from my husband’s birthday last night will probably be making a repeat performance on Christmas because it was a total hit and had it all going on… It’s one soft cheese (Robiola), one hard cheese(Challerhocker), Kitehill vegan chive cream cheese spread, olives, dried figs, dried apricots, fig jam, fresh grapes, nut mix, and 3 gluten-free crackers– Absolutely Gluten-Free original, Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers, and Breton Gluten-free Original with Flax.

Truth be told, I used to be intimidated to make a cheese board but I’ve learned some tricks along the way to keep it simple.  Caveat: I am by no means a cheese expert.  The cheeses I’ve chosen were recommended by a cheese store.  So definitely ask your local cheese store or cheese department of your local store for recommendations… they will often let you tastes the cheese as well.

How to basics:

  1. Choose your board.  We used a Slate board but a wooden board or serving plate of any kind will do
  2. Choose your cheeses so that there are different textures and/or different cheese sources (i.e. cow, sheep, goat) — we chose a soft cheese, hard cheese and vegan cheese spread.  If I weren’t including the vegan option, I might have added a fresh cheese like a goat cheese or a blue cheese for something stronger.
  3. Add different flavors and textures: Add salty foods (we did olives), crunchy foods (we added a nut mix), sweet foods (dried fruit is a great options — we added dried figs and dried apricots) and fresh fruit (I always love added fresh grapes because they stay fresh the entire evening and are easy to eat)
  4. Add condiments or spreads– fig jam, honey, olive tapenade.
  5. Add your favorite gluten-free crackers.  We looked for different shapes.
  6. Overall tip: in choosing all the above, think about choosing things are are different colors, different shapes and different textures to add interest to your board.

 

Classic Cheese Board

Recipe

Classic Cheese Board
 
The only thing better than a classic cheese board is one that is Gluten-free and with Vegan options so that there is something for everyone.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack, Holiday
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Ingredients
  • 1 soft cheese -- we used a Robiola, a brie is a great option too
  • 1 hard cheese -- we used a Challerhocker
  • 1 Vegan cheese -- we opted for Kitehill chive cream cheese spread
  • Dried Figs or Dried Cherries
  • Dried Apricots
  • Gluten-free nut mix
  • Fresh Grapes
  • 3 Gluten-free crackers - we used Absolutely Gluten-free Original, Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers, and Breton Gluten-free Original with Flax. Jilz Gluten-free crackers also a great option.
  • 1 board - slate, wooden, or a serving platter.
Instructions
How to basics:
  1. Choose your board. We used a Slate board but a wooden board or serving plate of any kind will do
  2. Choose your cheeses so that there are different textures and/or different cheese sources (i.e. cow, sheep, goat) -- we chose a soft cheese, hard cheese and vegan cheese spread. If I weren't including the vegan option, I might have added a fresh cheese like a goat cheese or a blue cheese for something stronger.
  3. Add different flavors and textures: Add salty foods (we did olives), crunchy foods (we added a nut mix), sweet foods (dried fruit is a great options -- we added dried figs and dried apricots) and fresh fruit (I always love added fresh grapes because they stay fresh the entire evening and are easy to eat)
  4. Add condiments or spreads-- fig jam, honey, olive tapenade.
  5. Add your favorite gluten-free crackers. We looked for different shapes.
  6. Overall tip: in choosing all the above, think about choosing things are are different colors, different shapes and different textures to add interest to your board.
Before assembling the entire board, do a test run. Take a few pieces of each item you're using and lay out out on your board so see how things will look next to each other.
  1. Try to separate items that are similar colors and put contrasting colors or textures near one another for visual appeal.
  2. Separate the cheeses for visual appeal.
  3. Consider putting some items in little bowls for visual interest as well.
  4. When happy with your "test board", place everything on the board. Serve and enjoy!

 

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