Inside Cooking

Inside Cooking Ep 127: How to make a Festive Cheese Board

The best no-bake, no-cook holiday appetizer tray! It’s as simple as piling it all on the tray and letting your guests make their apps. You can easily cut back, double, or triple the ingredients for the cheese board as needed.


  • 4-ounces chevre
  • 8-ounces Brie
  • 8-ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8-ounces port salut
  • 8-ounces gorgonzola

Cured meats, sliced (optional)

  • Fresh fruit: berries, grapes, tangerines
  • Dried fruit: apricots, cranberries, cherries
  • Nuts: almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts
  • 1/2 cup kalamata or Castelvetrano olives
  • Jam, chutney, or honey
  • 2 types of crackers (artisan or water)
  • breadsticks or sliced baguette
  • fresh rosemary, for decorating



START WITH CHEESE: Start by arranging the cheese where you want it. Cube the cheddar, face the rind of the cheese away from the guests and slice a wedge out of the brie if you’ve got a wheel. Arrange the meat near the cheese, if using.


ADD SOME COLOR: Scatter the fruit in bunches next.  Place small bowls around and add the olives, spreads, and honey to them.


ADD THE CRACKERS AND BREAD: Place crackers near the cheese (parring them as you think would work best with the cheese).


FINAL TOUCHES: Fill in any small holes with nuts or sprigs of rosemary. Place cheese knives where it makes sense, add spoons to jams and spreads. Add labels if you feel the cheeses are difficult to identify.

Be sure to check out the recipe video on YouTube for more useful tips on the recipe!

Inside Cooking Ep 127: How to make a Festive Cheese Board