Simple Rustic Cheese Board

Cheese Charcuterie Board

If you need to set out an appetizer for a large group, this is an easy way to go. You can use a cutting board if you want a rustic, casual look, or go with a nice tray if you’re looking for something more elegant.  A combination of cheese, meats, olives, peppers, pickles, fruit, nuts and a variety of crackers adds variety and will ensure that there’s something for everyone. When thinking about what ingredients to use, try to compliment but also contrast flavors and colors. Thai cooking always includes elements of sweet, salty, spicy, and sour/bitter; this is great to keep in mind as you are deciding on ingredients for your platter. When it comes to arranging the ingredients, be cognizant of colors, shapes, sizes, and add decorative (simple herb sprigs or bunches of greens) elements to add contrast. For variety in shape, slice some cheese and arrange it a neat pile, but leave some other cheese whole. Use ramekins or small bowls for ingredients which have a juice or brine. Most importantly, however, use what you have on hand. Even if you only have a small chunk or just a few slices of a particular cheese, add it to the platter; the same is true for nuts, fruit, crackers and other ingredients.

The Ingredients featured on this platter are:

  • 30 Year Old Aged Cheddar
  • Manchego Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Merlot Cheddar
  • Smoked Gouda
  • Wisconsin Cheddar (yellow)
  • Queen Olives
  • Pepperocini Peppers
  • Cornichons (French sweet baby pickles)
  • Marcona Almonds
  • Grapes
  • Soprasetta
  • Dry Salami
  • Truffled Pork and Chicken Liver Mousse Pate
  • Variety of Crackers
  • Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Other Options:

  • Any cheese (try to include a combination of soft and hard cheeses)
  • Any Dried or Cured Meat or Sausage (Proscuitto, Summer Sausage, Pepperoni)
  • Any Pate or Seafood Mousse
  • Any fruit (Apples, Pears, Figs, Pomegranites)
  • Any nuts (Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Walnuts)
  • Any Olives (or olive tapenade), Pickles, Relish, Marinated or Pickled Vegetables (artichoke hearts), Chutney, Bruschetta Spread, Sweet or Hot Peppers
  • Variety of Crackers, Bread, Toasts, Breadsticks
  • Any Garnishes: Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Sage Leaves, Basil Leaves, Chives, Dill, Arugula, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce

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