How to build the Ultimate Cheese Board

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

How to build the Ultimate Cheese Board

Welcoming, full of tasty choices and crowd-pleasing!

Every celebration deserves a cheese board and in our house that means one that’s Gluten-free with Vegan options too.

When my family arrives for a holiday or celebration of any kind, some of them head straight for the cheese board! It is place to gather, settle in and enjoy good converstaion so I always make sure it has something for everyone.

And it’s always a hit because it has it all going on… this one has one soft cheese, two hard cheese (Challerhocker and a gouda), Kitehill vegan chive cream cheese spread, several types of olives, dried figs, dried apricots, fig jam, honey comb, fresh grapes, apple slices, strawberries, pomegranates, candied pecans, cashews, crispy wasabi chickpeas, and 4 gluten-free crackers– Absolutely Gluten-Free original, Breton Gluten-free Original with Flax and two types of Mary’s Gone Crackers.

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.

 

Recipe

How to build the Ultimate Cheese Board
 
Every celebration deserves a cheese board and in our house that means one that is Gluten-free and with Vegan options. A great cheese board is welcoming and crowd pleasing because it has something for everyone and offers a mix of textures and flavors that is both visually appealing and tastes great. Follow these simple tips and have fun with it!
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack, Holiday
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan
Ingredients
  • 1 soft cheese --a Robiola, a brie
  • 2 hard cheese -- we used a Challerhocker and Gouda
  • 1 Vegan cheese -- we opted for Kitehill chive cream cheese spread
  • Dried Figs or Dried Cherries
  • Dried Apricots
  • Gluten-free nut mix or cashews, candied pecans
  • Crispy Wasabi Chickpeas
  • Fresh Grapes
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • apple slices
  • strawberries
  • Fig Jam
  • Honey Comb
  • 4 Gluten-free crackers - we used Absolutely Gluten-free Original, Breton Gluten-free Original with Flax, and two Mary's Gone Crackers. 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 lot of olives), crunchy foods (we added nuts and crispy chickpeas), 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, plus we added pomegranates, strawberries and sliced apple)
  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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