Hi, friends! I am back with more cheese board content, but I thought I’d do something a little bit different today. Instead of simply listing the ingredients I used on the board (I will share in an Instagram post), I am talking about my favorite cheese board things, from the actual board to my favorite Instagram accounts for inspiration. Hope you enjoy this different kind of cheese board content!
BOARDS THAT I OWN
Round Rustic Wood Serving Tray With Iron Handles from World Market – I whip out this 17 inch board when I (used to) have a party! I go heavy on cheeses on my boards, and I would say this is great for 6+ people. The handles are incredibly helpful, especially since this board is quite large and can be heavy once you have built a whole cheese board on it!
Acacia Serving Tray from Target – At 15 inches in diameter, this one is small enough to sit inside the World Market Serving Tray. It is still pretty large though, and I think of it as my 4ish people board. It has two holes on either side for holding.
Acacia Round Wood Trivet from Amazon – I don’t own this myself personally, but I have borrowed it from my sister Sujung a few times because this is the perfect size for 2~3 people! While the round boards I have from World Market and Target have pretty high lips, this one instead has groove around the edges.
Tondo 12″ Round Platter from Crate & Barrel – I just recent ordered this so I can stop borrowing Sujung’s Amazon board. It is just under $15, and I know I am going to get a lot of use out of this one! It’s roughly the size of a dinner plate.
LeSeCrafts – Alex gifted me a personal size cheeseboard from this Etsy shop, and while they do not have the exact one anymore, this one seems to be about the same size. It looks pretty tiny, but there is still enough room to feed 1-2 people!
Wooden Single Serve Mini Cheese Board from Target – A great affordable mini board from Target! It is a tiny bit smaller than the one I have from LeSeCrafts but you can’t beat the price at $5. I actually gifted this to Sujung so she can make fancy cheeseboards for one.
Slate Cheese Board from World Market – You know I love aesthetics so I had to get myself a slate cheese board. For $14.99, it is a very sizable board. I don’t think you can find a more affordable slate board elsewhere for this size. (Crate and Barrel has smaller slate boards at great prices too! Here’s a 12″x 5.5″ one)
FAVORITE CHEESES FROM INDEPENDENT CREAMERIES
Calvander from Chapel Hill Creamery – similar to Asiago cheese, Calvander is savory and flavorful. Everyone loves Asiago cheese so everyone loves Calvander. This will definitely be a crowd favorite on any cheese board. From Chapel Hill Creamery, I have also tried and enjoyed Thunder Mountain Swiss, which is one of their seasonal cheeses.
Rocket’s Robiola from Boxcarr Handmade Cheese – I am terrible at describing cheese flavors, so forgive me here. To me, Rocket’s Robiola tastes mushroom-y in a very good way. To borrow Boxcarr’s words, it is creamy, tangy, and doughy. The ash dust gives it a funky grey-ish color, and I put this on my cheeseboards often!
Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery – I don’t know about you but sometimes I spend my free time watching videos about cheese on Youtube, and that is how I found out about Rogue River Blue (here’s the specific video if you’re interested). Rogue River Blue was crowned the best cheese in the world at the 2019 World Cheese Awards, and it is the best (blue) cheese I have ever tasted. You can preorder to get Rogue River Blue when it becomes available next year, and you can usually find them in some grocery stores as well (I know Durham Co-Op had some this past fall).
FAVORITE TRADER JOE’S CHEESES
Unexpected Cheddar – I am sure you have seen me put Unexpected Cheddar on basically every board (unless I am doing all NC products). Cheddar with unexpected hint of Parmesan, Unexpected Cheddar is good with literally everything.
Cheddar with Caramelized Onions – To be honest, Unexpected Cheddar definitely wins my heart over this cheddar but everyone I make boards for (aka my family and Alex) love them equally and request both.
Blueberry Vanilla Chèvre – Another crowd favorite! This tastes like dessert disguised in cheese! It is a gorgeous purple color too! My brother would be content just eating this and nothing else from a cheese board.
FAVORITE MEATS, CARCKERS & ACCOUTREMENTS
Lusty Monk Mustard – I first tried their mustard the first year I went to NC CiderFest in Asheville a few years ago, and I have been a fan ever since! You can order and look up the nearest retailer on their website.
Rosemary Raisin Crisps from Trader Joe’s – Out of all the “crisps” from Trader Joe’s, these are my favorite (and the best)! The flavor isn’t overpowering and is complimentary for many cheeses and meats.
San Giuseppe Salami – I talked about San Giuseppe Salami before when I mentioned their DIY Charcuterie Kit in my NC Holiday Gift Guide. I recently tried their classic salami and hot soppressata, and this is my new favorite salami place. You can order on their website and also find their products in specialty shops. I have found them at NoFo in Raleigh and Old North Meats in Durham! If you’re in Greensboro, you must check out their deli Giacomo’s Italian Market!
Sweetened Dried Orange Slices from Trader Joe’s – These add beautiful vibrant colors to the board and are tasty! Sometimes, I snack on them because I have no self-control. Literally, everyone enjoys these orange slices. Alternately, you can make these yourself!
FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW
That Cheese Plate/Cheese by Numbers – Marissa Mullen is the single reason why I started making cheese boards! I remember seeing all these beautiful cheese boards on Instagram, but they just seemed like another world. Marissa’s Cheese by Numbers method and step-by-step photos made cheese boards less intimidating and more approachable. She published a “cook” book last year, and I highly recommend it if you’re into cheese boards!
Ain’t Too Proud Meg – Not only does Meg make beautiful boards, she is one of the most creative cheese board bloggers! From her seasonal boards to 7-Eleven boards to the latest tortilla trend, her creations are so fun and inspirational! If you’re a cheese nerd, she’s selling “It’s Gouda Brie Okay” shirts and sweatshirts!
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