Are you looking to make an Instagram-able cheeseboard for a girl’s night in, family event, a viewing party for The Bachelor…or like just for you (no judgment)? Well then you’ve come to the right place, because we are some self proclaimed cheese board connoisseurs, and we’re breaking down how to make a cheeseboard that is both delicious and visually stunning.
Follow these steps and you, too, can have a perfect cheeseboard every time.
Step One: Place your cheeses on your board.
Rule of thumb, when it comes to cheeseboards, start with your biggest items and work your way towards your smallest. We like to use 3 to 4 cheeses of varying sizes and shapes. Pick from both hard and soft cheeses and cut your cheeses into different shapes. You can leave some of them as whole blocks, crumble them, cut into triangles, put a soft cheese (we love ricotta) in a bowl and drizzle it with some olive oil…the possibilities are endless. Get creative and mix it up!
*If you’re using a much smaller cheeseboard opt for just 2 cheeses and place them in multiple places on your board. The repetition will make your board look bigger and more abundant!
Step Two: Place your crackers around your cheese.
After cheese, comes crackers. Just like your cheeses, choose crackers that are different shapes, sizes, and colors to create variety. We love a seedy cracker, a longer, flatter cracker, and something square 🙂 When you’re placing the crackers on your board have fun arranging them: create a fan, arrange them totally straight and stacked, toss them in a pile..have fun with it!
One of the keys to creating an inviting and Instagram-able cheeseboard is having things show up more than once. Create multiple piles of the same cracker. But, if you are having an item show up more than once, make sure you arrange it in the same way to further the repetition and create cohesion in your board! For example, if the cheddar cheese is cut into triangles on part of the board, you should also have it in triangles wherever else it appears.
Step Three: Place your meats
We’re not huge cured meat people, so we usually do two different types of meat on our cheeseboards. Again, have your meats appear more than once on the board. We love to create prosciutto roses to give a fun shape with dimension and make fans out of salami.
Now that you’re adding in many different aspects to your board and things are starting to fill up, keep in mind that you never want the same things touching each other.
Another thing to consider as your board is getting more crowded is contrast! Especially when it comes to meats which can be similar hues, make sure you’re breaking up items of the same color and tone!
Step Four: Place your accouterments
Now it’s time for your pickles, figs, olives, etc. Go ham on all the fun, fancy things like cotton candy, grapes, and tasty Italian olives. Try to choose a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to keep it visually interesting and dynamic! Cut up some of your accoutrements and leave some whole! We love to slice apples thinly, split open figs, and break up bunches of grapes and leave whole olives and pickles.
Step Five: Fill in all the gaps with your smallest item
Preferably with Marcona almonds, but we also understand those are heinously overprice. Nuts are the perfect small garnish to fill in all those tiny spaces between all the other fun stuff. Simply drop handfuls in any open spaces.
Step Six: Enjoy your cheeseboard…and snap a few pics before you devour it 🙂
Too lazy to read through it all? Here are the top 5 rules to make an Instagram-worthy cheeseboard:
- Work from big to small–it’s much easier to fit in small things than big things. Not only does this make it easier to design your board, it also makes it feel more abundant, leaving no empty space.
- Cheese doesn’t touch cheese, crackers don’t touch crackers, bread doesn’t touch bread, etc. Keep everything separate
- If you’re creating multiples of the same item on your board (like the same cracker showing up in two different locations), arrange the item in the same way in each place.
- Don’t be afraid to throw things in! Cheeseboards are casual and eaten with your hands, and the last thing you want is a stuffy, over-stylized board. Keep it organic and carefree!
- Enjoy with wine. Okay not a rule, but, like, it will be a significantly better experience
So this post pretty much sums up my weekend plans. What’re you babes up to…other than eating cheese?
Looking for other fun and special meals to make at home?