If there’s one thing this family loves around the holidays (or let’s face it, any occasion/time of year/day of the week), it’s a good charcuterie board.  Easy to assemble and to delicious to eat, this platter is sure to be a hit at parties, unless of course you’ve got those weird friends that don’t eat cheese!!!

Just kidding.  But for real, most party guests do love a good meat and cheese platter.  Not only is it a beautiful focal point of the table, it’s a good way to get your guests rounded up and chatting.  My mom and I were just saying that one of the best things about building a cheese platter is that nothing has to look perfect.  In fact the more effortless it looks, the better.

What you’ll need for the perfect platter:

A board!

Several knives for each cheese

Thin sliced ciabatta bread, crackers, or any other baguettes you would like to serve

Cured meats such as proscuitto, speck, aged Boar sausage

Candied nuts, pistachios, preserves, honey, pickles, figs, roasted veggies

At least one type of each of the four basic cheese categories:

Aged: Aged Cheddar, Comte, Goat Gouda

 Soft: Constant Bliss, Camembert, Brillat-Savarin

 Firm: Manchego, Mimolette, Parmigiano-Reggiano

 Blue: Gorgonzola Dolce, Valdeón, Stilton

Visit your local grocery store and ask what they recommend, or what is currently popular!

It’s probably a smart idea to write them all down so you can let guests know what they’re eating ;)

Figure you will need about 3-4 oz of cheese per guest.  When assembling, don’t be too concerned with it looking “pretty”.  Trust me, the cheese does that on its own! My only tip would be to keep the meat all on one side of the board, so that your vegetarian guests don’t have to miss out on the fun!

So simple, right?! You’ll be everyone’s favorite host this year!