This meat and cheese board is easy and so much fun to put together. If you’re like me and classify cheese as a food group (not proud of it, but I’m being transparent here), then a meat and cheese board is an obvious element to include in a food spread. I hadn’t made one before and was apprehensive for some reason, which seems silly in hindsight. If you’re in the same place I was two weeks ago stressing over what all you need to include in your first meat and cheese board, you’re in the right place. Here’s what I put together and what I learned from the process.
I’m a big fan of The Small Things Blog and noticed she regularly partners with ALDI to feed her party guests. Being a fan of high quality, wallet-friendly products and all her beautiful party spreads, I decided to rely on ALDI for (most of) my needs this time around, as well.
I can’t tell you how many posts and images I looked at trying to put my shopping list together. They all looked so beautiful yet complicated at the same time. I started to see a trend of what elements I need to include. This helped me narrow down an outline of what I wanted to buy.
What To Include In Your Meat And Cheese Board
- 3 types charcuterie meat
- 3-4 cheese, each a different type (refer to pin linked below)
- Carbs (like crackers, bread, breadsticks, etc)
- Something sweet (i.e. fruit and/or preserves)
- Something briny (such as pickles or olives)
- Something crunchy (could be nuts, grape tomatoes, pickles could be used here also, etc)
My Meat And Cheese Board Contents
- 3 types charcuterie meat: ALDI offers a package with pepper salami, hot capocollo, and hot calabrese. Prosciutto is in every picture out there of any meat and cheese board it seems. I opted for this option out of convenience. No one complained.
- hard cheese: Asiago
- semi-soft cheese: Gouda
- soft cheese: Brie
- Carbs: 6 types of crackers, mini spinach crescent rolls
- Something sweet: Red grapes, apricot preserves (for the Brie)
- Something briny: Green olives
- Something crunchy: Roasted and salted almonds
Putting this together took all of 10 minutes. I found Target had a very reasonably priced cheese board selection, linked here. The one I purchased isn’t online, but it was only $16.99 in store. I also had some appetizer forks (thank you, Dollar Tree!) and used knives in my drawer. A nice pair of cheese knives are on my wishlist, but the knives pictured get the job done just fine. I try to overthink (as I do everything) the placement of everything on the cheeseboard, but I find that the less precise I make it the better it looks. Make sure to have some cheese already sliced to keep the food line moving.
Honestly, research is the most time-consuming part. I find one pin especially helpful as it lists out different cheese options by type. I’ll link it here. Other than that, I hope my summary of the knowledge I gained while agonizing over my choices benefits you! Let me know how your meat and cheese board comes out. I would love to see all the possible combinations! What will you choose for yours?
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