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 with meats, cheese, and crackers and pears and apples

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Friends, just in time for a beautiful autumn afternoon, I’m showing you how to make a Fall Cheese Board. And my NEW BIG BOARD(s) are here, if you haven’t ordered yet!

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!

Round Fall Cheese Board with crackers, meat, and cheese

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.]

woman holding a round wood 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.

close up of jams, cheese, fruit, and crackers

Ingredients for 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

woman in blule polka dot dressing holding a very large 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.

round fall cheese board

I shared an elegant fall table setting earlier this week, and this Fall Cheese Board complements it so!

How to make a Fall Cheese Board with oregon growers jame

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!

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beautiful Fall Cheese Board with pears and apples and grapes

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.

Cheese Board wth apples, pears, grapes, and cheese

Friends, who will you be inviting over this weekend?

woman holding an epic round cheese board
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How to make a Fall Cheese Board

Prep Time: 20 minutes
20 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 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


  • 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!
Cuisine: Italian
Course: Appetizer
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How to make a Fall Cheese Board (charcuterie)