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Build a Better Cheese Board!

The cheese board is a host’s best entertaining secret. They’re easy to prep but have the potential to really “wow” your guests. Here are a few tips on how to build your best cheese board:

  • Focus on a variety of flavors, textures, colors and shapes.
  • Serve 2 to 4 ounces of cheese per guest.
  • Include both savory and sweet accompaniments.
  • Remember that we eat with our eyes first, so choose beautiful colors and set the cheese board up on a natural material like stone or wood.
  • Incorporate cheese signs. It lets guests know what they’re eating while helping less adventurous palettes navigate their options with ease.

Tips for building a cheese board

Check out our segment on Fox 25 Boston on how to build a dessert cheese board and an appetizer cheese board using different cheeses from all over our region. You may be surprised to find out that New England dairy farmers produce a variety of different cheeses – not just Cheddar!


Here is your grocery shopping list for bringing these two cheese boards to your next summer fiesta!

  • Blue cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Monterey Jack
  • Brie
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Harbison (or another strong flavored cheese of your choice)
  • Dates
  • Hazelnuts
  • Apples
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Raspberries
  • Crackers
  • Mustard
  • Pepperoni
  • Pistachios
  • Dried apricots
  • Cherry tomatoes

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