Perfecting the Art of Making a Winning  Cheese Board

Perfecting the Art of Making a Winning Cheese Board

Entertaining can be stressful at times, but we love having friends and family over to catch up and snack on delicious treats.  When you’re short on time and you don’t know what to serve a lovely cheese plate will delight your guests.  The rule of thumb is threes.  Three fruits(dried or fresh), three spreads, and three cheeses. If you’re adding meats just go with what you like. For the cheeses pick a firm, soft, and blue-veined varietal. Also, about 2 ounces per person should do the trick on serving. Make sure you have different types of spreaders, a serving board, and small dishes for you accompaniments. Grape leaves, fresh herbs, and edible flowers add a nice touch to break up the cheeses and make for a pretty presentation.

Firm & Semi-Firm Cheeses

  • Cheddar White & Yellow
  • Comte
  • Gouda
  • Gruyere
  • Manchego
  • Jarlsberg

Soft Cheeses

  • Camembert
  • Brie
  • Humboldt fog cheese 
  • Chevre

Blue-Veined Cheese

  • Gorgonzola
  • Danish Blue
  • Roquefort
  • Stilton


Fruits Dried or Fresh

  • Apples
  • Pear
  • Grapes
  • Apricot
  • Dates
  • Figs (personal favorite)
  • Pomegranate Seeds


  • Salame (Genoa, Peppered, Dry)
  • Game Sausage (Duck, Venison, Boar)
  • Pepperoni
  • Serrano Ham
  • Chorizo
  • Prosciutto
  • Pâté

    Other Accompaniments to Consider

    • Olives (Stuffed with feta or blue cheese is always a winner)
    • Cornichons
    • Marcona Almonds, Pistachio, Walnuts
    • Marinated Artichokes
    • Sun Dried Tomatoes
    • Roasted Red Peppers
    • Chocolate 

    All thats left is to pick some crackers whether it's sour dough crackers, crusty bread, cheese straws, or pretzel thins. In the end just have fun and enjoy your company over a glass wine and cheese! 

    à votre santé



    Visit Bay Head Cheese Shop for every cheese option you can imagine. The entire team is well versed in cheese and will be more than happy to steer you in the right direction. Visit:



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