Wait, so like – Thanksgiving is next week? What?!! And then it’s December? And then it’s 2018? Holy freaking cow, you guys.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – we have CHEESE to talk about! I feel like appetizers tend to get forgotten about at Thanksgiving…but maybe that’s just my experience?! With our Thanksgivings growing up, all of the food was laid out at the exact same time and it was just a free for all. No first course or second course or third course or dessert – it was all together, all at once, in one fell swoop.
A cheeseboard is such an easy & effortless appetizer that can still be showstopping. It’s all about coordinating the different colors, textures, and flavors. But really, you don’t need to think too hard! If people can be pleased with cubed cheddar cheese and club crackers, surely whatever you throw together will be well-loved 🙂 Cheeseboards don’t have to be super expensive, either! EVERYTHING on this board was purchased at Trader Joe’s, all for a super slick deal. (With exception to the Castelvetrano olives – those I purchased at Whole Foods. But Trader Joe’s does have different kinds of olives!)
I generally opt to leave meat off of my cheeseboards, buuuut if you’re a meat lover –> high-quality cuts of prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni all tend to go over well! Easy peasy.
Although I made this cheeseboard on the smaller side, because you know, I’m the only person that eats cheese in my house, it is SO easy to scale to however many people you will be feeding. No precise measurements or amounts – you literally just throw some more stuff on, or take some stuff away. Especially before a big holiday dinner, if you underestimate how much people will eat, it’s okay, because there’s a gigantic meal waiting for them, and if you overestimate and have tons of leftovers, well, no one ever complained about having too much cheese 😉
Okay, so here’s what we have on the board:
When it comes to cheese, I admit, I’m a wimp. I LOVE cheese. Just very certain kinds. Nothing smelly or expired or…(sorry!) smoked. I know! I know I know. So when I put together my cheeseboards, I keep it suuuuper basic with cheeses that are easy to please, but still fun and unique. For this board, I used an English Cranberry White Stilton, Port Salut, and Cheddar with Caramelized Onions (all from Trader Joe’s!)
Ahhh the vehicles for eating said cheese! OBVIOUSLY we’re not going to use vegetables – I don’t really think those have a place on cheeseboards 😉 I used TJ’s fig & olive crisps (CLASSIC, and so good), their olive oil italian breadsticks, and their organic french baguette – sliced. If you go with a baguette, I recommend slicing it, drizzling the pieces with olive oil, and lightly toasting them in the oven until lightly golden and crisp.
For a fall cheeseboard, I love incorporating apples and grapes. I use freeze dried apples for crunch & extra longevity, and fresh grapes of a few different colors – TJ’s sells a carton of three different colors of grapes which works perfectly! Also, we’re going to lump olives into this category – do you love them? Hate them? If you are an olive hater, TRUST ME when I say that Castelvetrano olives will change your freaking life. They are so buttery and delicious. I *truly* could eat an entire jar in one sitting. They are fabulous, and an essential part of this cheeseboard!
TJ’s is the BEST place to go for fun, flavored nuts. They have so many different kinds. I particularly love the rosemary marcona almonds & honey sesame cashews on cheeseboards!
If you guys end up making a cheeseboard next week for Thanksgiving, be sure to take a pic & tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations, whether they’re inspired by this board here or not at all!! Sending you all a big cheese hug (and pls can someone come over and help me eat all the cheese that’s now in my fridge?!! TYSM 😘)