The Perfect Fall Cheese Board
‘Tis the season for entertaining, parties and gatherings! Whether you’re looking to keep guests satisfied and entertained before dinner or you’re just in need of a unique snack option, a seasonal cheese board is the way to go.
While the cheese is the most essential ingredient, let’s start with all of the other festive additions before we assemble all of our goodies.
Assemble the Perfect Fall Cheese Board
The perfect fall cheese board consists of complementary sweet, salty and savory components. The fall, seasonal elements of this board happen to pair beautifully with an enticing bottle of Pinot Noir.
Fruit- Figs, grapes, berries and pears all make lovely additions to your cheese board. Try also including dried fruits, which can add a surprising texture change from fresh fruit and give your bites a yummy chewiness that compliments the creamy cheeses.
Sweet Spreads- Honey and jam pair so well with the soft cheeses. I personally love a touch of sweetness on my cracker to balance out the tang from certain cheeses. Colorful jellies and jams also add an easy fanciness to your board. Be sure to check out the recipe at the bottom of the post for an easy, tasty, healthy jelly option.
Nuts- I like to have a few options from sweet candied nuts to a savory spiced nut. Nuts are a great way to enhance the other flavors and tastes on your autumn cheese board.
Olives and/or curated meats- Gourmet olives and meats give your cheese board brininess and personality that should not be overlooked. I love hitting up speciality markets and grabbing up a couple of speciality olive varieties.
Crackers, Bread Sticks and Bread- You can go crazy here! The world is your oyster… isn’t that the phrase? Basically, what I’m trying to say is that you have so many choices. Have something for everyone- pick different shapes, sizes, textures and flavors and don’t forget your gluten-free friends. I went with crisp crackers and veggie flats, unique veggie and fruit-flavored crackers that have been a huge hit with my family.
Presentation is almost just as important as the quality and taste of the ingredients, so don’t skimp. Serve generous portions of cheese with fresh fruits, spiced nuts, olives, sweet spreads, curated meats and a variety of crackers or breads. Don’t forget to add some mini pumpkins and other decorative veggies to give that harvest-ish feel!
It’s not a party unless there’s a cheese board involved! And my go-to cheese option for a crowd-pleasing cheese board is Castello. Castello cheeses are epicurean delights. From tangy blue to complex Aged Havarti, the cheeses are deliciously balanced and come together to create the perfect fall cheese board.
Double Berry Chia Seed Jam
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Set a medium saucepan, with fruit, over medium heat.
- When fruit comes to a boil lower heat and simmer fruit for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add maple syrup and chia seeds; continue to cook for 5-7 minutes more and stir occasionally. Mash fruit with your spoon as you stir, if preferred. I like to leave some fruit unmashed for added texture.
- Remove from heat and allow jam to sit and thicken for about 10 minutes.
- To store, place in an airtight jam jar or other container, and keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Can also be frozen for up to two months.
Replace maple syrup with honey, if preferred.
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This looks like a perfect cheese board! Looks delicious
This is perfect for the season! Great presentation!
Cheese boards are my favorite. Once in awhile we make a big one with meats and veggies and have it for dinner.
This looks like an incredible speed, perfect for Thanksgiving!
What a beautiful cheese and fruit platter! Can’t wait to try your fruit jam!
There are so many delicious items in this. I don’t know what I’d try first!
Ok this spread looks amazing!
So pretty, I love trying new kinds of cheese!
SO yummy!! Appetizers are my favorite food and I could live on cheese!!
This looks so good!
I love a good cheese board. And this looks absolutely delicious in the park with good friends and people watching. Good conversation and lots of laughter. Fantastic mix of textures and flavours!
This jam looks amazing! I love chacuterie boards and this is a perfect recipe for one! Especially with a glass of wine!
I love a good cheese board for holiday gatherings. Everyone can nosh while the food is prepared.
So many people forget about pairing textures and layering the flavors. KEY to a great cheese board. Great tips here!!
This looks awesome. I need to make this for my next party that I host!
This looks like the perfect snack to serve at any gathering. I love a good cheese platter.
I love the way your cheese board turned out! The figs look amazing beside the fruit, nuts, bread and of course, the Folie à Deux wine!
Cheese board is always the right answer for any occasion in my opinion. I love how you recommend the different textures, that is a must!