How To: Make a Simple Cheese Board

Holiday entertaining season is in full swing, and there’s nothing better than serving up the perfect charcuterie and cheese board for your guests to enjoy. Cheese boards are great because they don’t require any cooking or baking and you can make them in advance.

Did you know… Kroger has quite the selection of wines and cheeses like Murray’s? With a wide selection of cheeses, you can easily get creative with your own board this holiday season. Recently, I attended an event hosted by Kroger on how to create the perfect cheese board as well as what wines pair with what cheeses. Baltimore, one of Kroger’s wine stewards told us about different types of red and white wines, including the regions that they typically come from. As many of you know, I do not drink at all. However, I thought Baltimore offered some great knowledge that I wanted to share with you.

“Legs” in a wine glass
The “legs” in a wine glass are the tears that stream down the side of the wine glass after it has been swirled. The way that the legs fall typically has to do with the level of alcohol in the wine. The thicker and slower the legs fall the higher the alcohol level is.

Wine and cheese pairings
While certain cheeses and wines pair nicely together, there are actually no strict rules when it comes to wine pairings. Baltimore insists that the best rule of thumb is to drink what you like. If you want something sweeter go for Rieslings and Moscatos. If you like something on the dry side try a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio.

Cheese Monger Tips & Tricks

  • Murray’s recommends a serving size of one ounce per cheese, per person. 
  • Leave the cheese out at room temperature one hour prior to serving.
  • When in doubt think: Something Old. Something New. Something Stinky. Something Blue. 

Cheese Pairing Principles
Complimentary: aged gouda paired with fig spread
Contract: blue cheese paired with honey
Terroir: Manchego paired with a Spanish Roja

How to assemble a cheese board

  • Make sure to color block
  • Think “mild to wild”
  • Make it inviting
  • Get creative
  • Put suggested pairings next to each other
  • Put jams, jellies, and spreads in small jars and replenish as needed

What to include on a cheese board?

  • A variety of cheeses
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Grapes
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Jams, jellies or spreads
  • Pretzels
  • Assorted fruit
  • And more

Pro Tip: Tightly wrap leftover cheese in wax paper or foil and throw them in the vegetable drawer to ensure freshness.

Get creative this holiday season and spread some cheesy holiday cheer!

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