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How to Create a Halloween Cheese Board

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Appetizer, charcuterie board, Cheese Board, Halloween

Ingredients

Cheeses (see notes for amounts based on number of servings)

  • Brie
  • Havarti
  • Mozzarella Balls
  • Something Stinky Roquefort or Camembert

Fruits

  • 1-2 bunches of grapes depending on size
  • 1 cup fresh Blackberries
  • 1 cup dried apricots or figs

Meats (see notes for amounts based on number of servings)

  • Prosciutto
  • Salami

Crackers/Breads (see notes for amounts based on number of servings)

  • Water Crackers
  • Sliced Baguette

Fillers

  • 1 cup mixed olives
  • 1/2 cup cornishons
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup fig or apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup grainy or dijon mustard

Instructions

Assembly

  • First, place a few small bowls and pumpkins evenly around your cheeseboard. The exact number you need will vary but when placed together, they should take up about 1/4 of your board.
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  • Next, add your cheeses. Again, spread them out over the board filling in any holes around the bowls and pumpkins.
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  • Next, add your largest bunch of fruit right in the center. Add 2-3 more smaller piles of fruit around the board.
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  • Next, add your crackers and sliced baguette. Try to form “c” or “s” shaped curves with your crackers. This will help create a flow that will carry your eyes around the board.
  • Now add your cured meats to fill in large gaps.
  • Next, add fillers to the bowls and gaps until the board is almost completely covered. If you see a hole, add more fillers! There is no right or wrong place to put fillers.
  • Lastly, make it halloween! Adding candy eyes and fake spiders can help take the cheese board from cute to creepy!
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Notes

  • Cheese
  • Brie, Havarti, and Mozzarella are cheeses that both kids and adults love so they’re always a safe bet for a cheese board. As an appetizer, I expect an adult to eat between 1/4 and 1/3 of a pound of cheese. So for a party of 10, I would buy 2.5-3 pounds of cheese divided evenly between my cheeses; I would buy 1 pound of brie, 1 pound of Havarti, and 1 pound of mozzarella.
  • Note: If you can’t find Havarti, Cheddar is a great substitute.

Fruits

  • You can really use any fruits that you have on hand. Strawberries, figs, pears, apples, and plums are all great fruits to add to a cheese board. The possibilities are endless.

Meats

  • As an appetizer, I plan for adults to eat a little less than 1/4 pound of cured meat. So, for a party of 10 I would buy 2 pounds of cured meats divided evenly between the two types: 1 pound of prosciutto and 1 pound of salami.

Crackers

  • You can use any kind of crackers you like: Ritz, Water Crackers, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, etc. For a party of 10, I would buy 1 baguette and 1 box of crackers. You’ll likely have leftovers but it is better to have too much than not enough.

Fillers

  • This is where you can add your favorite garnishes. I’ve suggested a few but feel free to pull anything you have in your pantry or fridge. Any jams, mustards, pretzels, nuts, etc. Additionally, the exact amount of filler you add to the board is not important. You just want to make sure the board doesn’t look empty.

Notes

The Key to A Great Cheese Board
The key to a great cheese board is to make it look abundant! If your cheese board doesn’t look great, it is probably too empty. Add more!
The second most important thing to keep in mind when making a cheese board is that you want large groups of ingredients. When you look at the cheese board, you immediately notice big groups of grapes, olives, and cheese. If you were to mix these all together, they would start looking like trail mix and not a distinguished cheeseboard— fill in gaps with fillers but keep main ingredients (cheeses, fruits, crackers, meats) in large groups.
A good rule of thumb is that groups of main ingredients (again: cheeses, fruits, crackers, and meats) should always be at least as big as your fist in a ball— this will ensure they don’t get lost in the fillers.