A cheeseboard makes the easiest, most delicious dinner —and you don’t even need to cook it! Making a cheeseboard is easy too: just pair a wedge with a little veg, a carb, and some extra protein and you’ve got a wholesome meal sent from heaven. Here’s a little guide on what to put on a cheeseboard, inspired and sponsored by Cypress Grove.
How to Make a Cheeseboard Your Dinner
A cheeseboard is the perfect meal, and we should all eat them for dinner more often. Obviously, cheese is the world’s most delicious food, but it’s also very healthy and nutrient-dense. It just needs a little fiber and vitamin C to make it a complete meal. If you’re wondering what to put on your next cheese platter, then I have the answer to your prayers.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to on how to make the perfect dinner cheese plate for 1, using a simple formula created by the angels at Cypress Grove.
What to Put on a Cheeseboard: Cheese + Carb + Veggies + Pairings + Protein
Aim for 2 oz per person, which is about 180 – 220 cal. You can focus on one cheese, or get a variety of ages, textures, and milk-types. Pair a soft, bloomy cheese like Humboldt Fog with a toothsome, mature queen like Midnight Moon goat gouda. Remember to bring these girls to room temperature before serving, 20 minutes for softies and 40 minutes for older ones.
Carbs are the vehicle that helps the cheese get into your mouth! Bulk up your cheeseboard with baguette, bagels, pasta – whatever you’re feeling tonight, baby! Don’t let anyone keep you from experimenting, but when in doubt you can never go wrong with classic crackers, like these ones from Rustic Bakery.
Cheese is very nutrient-rich: it just need a little produce for vitamin C and fiber. Crisp fruits and veggies also refresh your palate between bites. Use whatever you’re in the mood for, but keep it simple. I love a salad of greens with EVOO, salt, and pepper, or a handful of fresh cherries when they’re in season.
Add a few pantry staples to zazz up your plate, like roasted nuts, honey, or preserves. I added some Hibiscus-infused Honey, which is amazing on goat cheese of any age. I also included some candied pecans, which pair perfectly with the Midnight Moon.
Protein (1oz per person)
This one is optional, but it can definitely make your cheese plate more satisfying. Add a little salami, prosciutto, or smoked salmon, which is delectable with Cypress Grove’s PsycheDillic chèvre.
Making a Cheeseboard
Unsure of how to put your cheeseboard together? I made you a guide so you can learn the motions. The portions are a suggestion, so you can do more or less depending on what your body needs or how many bodies you have to feed. You can also change up the pairings, cheeses, meats, and veggies to fulfill your own fromage fantasies. This is your life, make the platter of your dreams.
- Cheese slate or wooden board
- 1 soft-cheese knife
- 1 chef's knife
- 1 oz Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove room temperature
- 1 oz Midnight Moon room temperature
- 1 oz salami room temperature
- 1 cup salad greens
- 8-10 crackers
- 8-10 candied pecans
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon EVOO
- salt and pepper
- Put the honey and mustard into little bowls or jars to keep them contained. Place them at opposite corners of the plate.
- Place both of the cheeses around the honey.
- Add the salami next to the mustard.
- Pile the greens near the savory side of the plate, by the mustard and salami.
- Place the pecans near the Midnight Moon.
- Tuck the crackers near the Humboldt Fog.
- Place a spoon by the honey and mustard, and a small knife by the Humboldt Fog.
- Go to town on that masterpiece.