Keep entertaining easy with a beautiful Autumn Cheese Board filled with a variety of fresh fruit, crackers, dips, and cheese. Ready in just minutes, pair a selection of cheeses with few of your favorite wines and get the party started!
Autumn Cheese Board
You guys! I have been (impatiently) waiting to put together an autumn cheese board for the past 3 months. Maybe even longer, I can’t remember. What I do remember, however, are the countless trips to the market and the neverending temptation to just buy all the cheese. Cheese and I go way back. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if cheese was my first real solid food, so cheese and me? We’re pretty tight.
Actually, now that I think about it, I’m pretty close with chocolate, too…and butter…and definitely wine.
Some of you may be wondering, Um, where’s the meat?
You are correct. There is no meat here. That would actually make this a Charcuterie Board. I debated about adding some flavorful cured or smoked meats, but in the end, I decided to stick with the cheese, carbs, wine, and fruit. Oh, and chocolate. Let’s not (ever) forget that. But stay tuned, I may have a Charcuterie Board in the works for all you meat lovers out there.
So, let’s get started…
What you need to make an epic cheese board
- MAS DE DAUMAS GASSAC – only given to a limited number of exceptional estates in the world, it has gained status as a “cult wine”. Mas de Daumas Gassac wine is cultivated without any chemicals or pesticides, a vineyard farmed with total respect for mother Nature to preserve its balance.
- LES VIGNOBLES ANDRÉ LURTON – currently one of the largest wineries in the Bordeaux region, it is a family-run company of passionate wine-growers and wine-makers who are dedicated to producing exceptional wines from prestigious Bordeaux appellations.
- Any other favorite wine of your choice. I am particularly fond of bubbly, so you’ll always find champagne or prosecco at any party I host.
- ISTARA P’TIT BASQUE – P’tit Basque is a 100% pure sheep’s milk cheese produced in France’s Basque region in the Pyrenees Mountains. P’tit Basque has a distinctive aroma of sheep’s milk, with a smooth, sweet flavor and a nutty finish. People enjoy it with black cherry jam, but it may also be enjoyed as an appetizer, a snack with fruit, with grilled vegetables and cured meats, or even in salads. This cheese can be perfectly paired with a classic red or white wine.
For the remaining cheese, I went to my local market with a goal to pick up an additional 3-4 kinds of cheese. The goal with a cheese board is to have something to suit everyone’s taste preference (especially if you don’t know what people prefer!)
Cheese may be classified based on texture, covering, ripening and cooking type. Of course, within each of those classifications, are further classifications like, hard, soft, semi-soft and fresh.
I’m not here to talk about all these different types today (although that would be a FUN post); instead, I’ll tell you what I do when I shop for cheese.
I buy what looks good or sounds interesting. I will usually always buy one that I know I love and one that I have never tried before. I make sure to include soft cheese and hard cheese and anything else that tickles my fancy.
Some people really love dark chocolate, while other people really love milk chocolate. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably gravitate toward something with nuts (particularly hazelnuts or almonds). Grab a couple of types of chocolate bars and break them into small, easy to pick up pieces.
In these images, you’ll see a simple pumpkin hummus. Very very autumnish, don’t you think? Other delicious dips include,
- Beet hummus – bright pink and gorgeous, this easy homemade hummus is beautiful and delicious!
- Hot Crab Artichoke Dip – an easy and delicious dip filled with artichoke, spinach, lump crab meat, and cheese. Guests will love the fun and delicious cheesy flavor of this crab artichoke dip.
- Muhammara (Red Pepper and Walnut Dip)– filled with delicious Middle Eastern flavors from ingredients such as pomegranate molasses and Aleppo chili flakes. Sweet, tangy, smoky, and a little spicy, enjoy all the flavors of this vegan dip scooped onto chunks of fresh warm flatbread.
- Jam – Y’all, fruit jam is so delicious smeared on crackers with cheese. I love berry jams, apricot jam, fig jam, and orange marmalade.
Other must-have fun additions to any cheese board include FRUIT and CARBS.
Ok guys, seriously, have fun with this. There are about a million different crackers out there, just pick a few different shapes, sizes and textures. I also like to get at least one or two that aren’t simply “plain”. For example garlic and herb or fig and rosemary. You can’t go wrong. For this cheese board, I also added a big, seeded, crusty French baguette for the hummus.
Picking fruit is always the easiest part. For this cheese board I added,
Sadly, there were no persimmons in the market yet, otherwise, those would have been there too. Orange slices are another great fruit.
More holiday recipes,
- Slow Cooker Ham with Marmalade Glaze
- Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe
- Baked Brie Recipe (How to Bake Brie)
- Cheesy Baked Asparagus Gratin Recipe
- Honey Glazed Carrots with Ginger
If you try making this Autumn Cheese Board, please leave me a comment and let me know! I always love to hear your thoughts.
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Beautiful Autumn Cheese Board (Vegetarian)
- Cheese 3-4 favorites (3-4 favorites- parmesan, gouda, blue cheese, asiago, cheddar, brie)
- Crackers and fresh bread
- Fruit (grapes, pears, apples, figs, pomegranates, oranges, etc.)
- 2 bars Chocolate (pick your favorite)
- Butter- Président® Unsalted Butter Quarters << you want this one (seriously.)
- Berry or fig jam
- Pumpkin hummus
- Gather all your ingredients and assemble on a large serving platter, cheese board or breadboard. Serve paired with your favorite wines.
- Enjoy and have fun!
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.)