This cheeseboard is one of my favorite things I made last summer. Here are a few tips about what I did and how to make a great looking cheeseboard. We took this to an outdoor concert along with wine. It was the perfect way to listen to the Cleveland Symphony Orchtestra!

What you need:

  • 1 large wicker tray
  • 1 large platter to fit inside the tray
  • Plates, utensils, cloth napkins, cheese knives (or regular knives)
  • 3 different types of cheese (for this I used Cotswald, Soft Chevre and Gouda)
  • Grapes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe slices (each wrapped with one slice of proscuitto)
  • 1 or 2 types of good crackers
  • Breadsticks (each wrapped with a slice of soppressata; plus additional slices of soppressata)
  • Parmesan stuffed dates
  • 1 loaf of good bread


1. Line the tray with a nice cloth napkin. Place the platter on top. Cover the platter with some type of large, green leaf. I used hydrangea leaves.

2. Imagine the platter is a clock. Place one block of cheese at 12 o’clock, one block at 6Β o’clock and the last block at 10 o’clock.

3. Place the cantaloupe on the right side of the platter. Place the grapes on the left side of the platter. Keep the grapes on the vine- the look much more appetizing as a bunch. Lay the soppressata wrapped breadsticks below the grapes. I left some of the breadsticks plain (unwrapped).

4. Tuck crackers between the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock cheeses. The more crowded the platter is, the better it will look.

5. Tuck the dates just above the 10 o’clock block of cheese. Lay slices of soppressata just above the cantaloupe.

6. Add a small bowl of tomatoes above to the tray. Lay the bread around the lower right corner of the tray. Add more crackers to the upper left corner of the tray.

7. Pour a glass of wine and enjoy!

HOMEMAKER HINT: If you have more people, still serve only 3 of 4 types of cheese. In order to feed more people, just buyΒ larger wedges of cheese.


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