How to make a Fall Cheese Board

It’s easy to make a Fall Cheese Board for casual hosting. Just in time for autumn, add pears, apples, and your favorite cheese and meats!

How to make a Fall Cheese Board

Friends, just in time for a beautiful autumn afternoon, I’m showing you how to make a Fall Cheese Board.

Think apples and pears for this delicious time of year! If you want a savory board, add this Roasted Carrots Easy Appetizer Recipe!

Make a Fall Cheese Board

I was in Boston this last week with some blogging friends. The colors were just starting to change, and my heart skipped a beat. I do love fall, and fall colors.

For food, for early fall, I always think of apples and pears! [Another delicious apple recipe fun for hosting and tailgating: Banana Split Honeycrisp Apple Nachos.]

Fall Cheese Board

I also love the ease of hosting, especially if you keep it casual and serve a simple cheese board. My friend, Ree, also shows you “how to assemble the perfect fall cheese board” on her blog.

What I include on a cheese board

For this cheese board, here is what I included:

Meats: Pepperoni, prosciutto, hard salami wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks, salami, chorizo, serene slices

Cheese: Boursin cheese, Blue Stilton cheese, mini brie cheese

Good quality crackers: Sea salt crackers, Leslie Stowe Raincoast Crisps

Fruit: Apple slices, pear, grapes

Local jams or jelly: Oregon Growers pear jam, Oregon Growers Hazelnut Fruit Pate

Dried fruit: Dried apricots, dried cherries

Nuts: Pecans

How to make a Fall Charcuterie Board

What are the best cheeses to include on a cheese board?

For different palates, a good rule of thumb for a cheese board is to include a couple of cheeses from different families. A couple of cheese “families” are:

Aged: Aged Cheddar, Goat Gouda.
Soft: Camembert, Brillat-Savarin, Constant Bliss, Brie.
Firm: Manchego, Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Blue: Gorgonzola Dolce, Valdeón, Stilton.

I shared an elegant fall table setting earlier this week, and this Fall Cheese Board complements it so! Don’t forget to sign up for the $500 Wayfair gift card!

How to make a Fall Cheese Board - oregon growers

How to make a Fall Cheese Board

I love these pepperoni, prosciutto, hard salami wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks because they are super easy to add to the board. They come pre-wrapped around the cheese stick!

One of my favorite snacks is dried apricots and cherries!

Think pears, apples, and grapes!

24-inch Charcuterie Board

Friends, here is the board that I LOVE. It’s 24-inches in diameter with a 2-inch lip. A “lip” is the secret to the best charcuterie or dinner board, because the food does not fall off.

You can buy in 3 sizes.

Here are the LINKS:

LARGE Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray (gray) – 24 inches round. Buy >> HERE (affiliate link)

MEDIUM Hand-Carved Vine Round Tray (white washed) – 20 inches round. Buy >> HERE (affiliate link)

SMALL Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray (gray) – 18-inches round. Buy >> HERE (affiliate link)

MEDIUM Willow Hand-Carved Tray (mango wood, gray) – 20.25 inches round. Buy >> HERE (affiliate link)

MEDIUM Whitewashed Mosaic Wood Tray (antique white) – 20-inches round. Buy >> HERE (affiliate 

Rememember it says it is “not food safe,” so you need to prepare the board by either laying down parchment paper under the food, or you can “season” it like we did.

Here are a few other options:

Courtland Wooden Lazy Susan – 18-inch round. Buy >> HERE (affiliate link)

LAZY SUSAN is a board that spins. It does NOT have a lip, but it’s cool for the center of the table.

Here’s an 18-inch wine barrel wood board or a 24-inch hammered large round tray or a 26-inch stainless steel serving platter that you may also like! Check out the weight on these boards.

How to season a Charcuterie Board

If a wood board says it “not food safe,” you can lightly sand it down with sand paper, and rub down with beeswax and mineral oil.

We used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.

Or, lay down parchment paper! Easy peasy!

How to make a Fall Cheese Board - pear

Tips for making the best cheese board

  • Grab a board with a lip (so the food doesn’t fall off).
  • Offer a variety of savory and sweet ingredients. The best cheese boards have something for everyone.
  • Offer a variety of textures. Consider ingredients with various textures, such as creamy, crunchy, crumbly, and crisp.
  • Add an element of ambience for the season. For this board, a whole pear in the center.
  • Don’t forget the serving utensils, knives, spoons, toothpicks, etc.

How to make a Fall Cheese Board - apples

Friends, who will you be inviting over this weekend?

 

There are so many reasons to absolutely love the “fall” season. The weather is just about perfect, which makes it absolutely ideal to enjoy activities with your family and friends, and heading to the apple orchard is one of them!

Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote

How to make a Fall Cheese Board

Prep Time20 mins
20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: charcuterie board, cheese board
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • Pepperoni prosciutto, hard salami wrapped mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Salami chorizo, serene slices
  • Boursin cheese
  • Blue Stilton cheese
  • Mini brie cheese
  • Sea salt crackers
  • Leslie Stowe Raincoast Crisps
  • Apple slices
  • Grapes
  • Oregon Growers Hazelnut Fruit Pate or jam or jelly
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried cherries
  • Pecans
  • Whole pear garnish

Instructions

  • On a large tray or board with a lip, arrange the whole pear in the center, with cheeses and pear jam.
  • Next arrange the meats, crackers, fruit, and nuts by sections around the outside of the board.
  • Serve and enjoy!

How to make a Fall Cheese Board (charcuterie)

6 comments on “How to make a Fall Cheese Board”

  1. A board is on my list of things to buy or have someone make…lol.

  2. I always love your boards,  they are so pretty, but is this dinner?

    • Hi, Monie! If you want it to be. Boards are casual and fun, you can serve them for a small dinner or a larger gathering, for appetizers. Make it your own and what you want it to be (according to the number of guests). You can also make them big or small. :)

    • Monie, we make cheese boards a lot when we don’t feel like cooking dinner. They are easy to make and so good. Plus you can use whatever you have on hand or you like :)

  3. Your boards are always so pretty! I would like to know how to keep the cut fruit (apples, pears) from turning brown. Do you sprinkle with lemon juice?

    • I do that sometimes, or leave cutting the apples for the last step. You can also buy pre-sliced apples which is a great option if you have a lot of people coming! :)

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