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Cheese Board

Hosting a dinner party or having a few friends over? This Cheese Board is the perfect appetizer for entertaining.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 cup Stuffed olives
  • 1 cup Mixed nuts sweet or savory
  • 1 cup Pimento cheese spread
  • 1/2 cup Raspberry jam
  • Spicy Colby Jack cheese
  • Gruyere cheese
  • Monterey Jack and Colby cheese cubes
  • Jalapeno Pepper Jack cheese
  • Double Smoked Cheddar cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Muenster cheese
  • Dried Apricots
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Chocolate Covered Raisins
  • Entertainment crackers
  • Bagel Chips


  • Grab a large cutting board or platter. If you have one with raised edges, even better.
  • Place olives, mixed nuts, pimento cheese, and jam in small bowls and place throughout the board.
  • Next start filling the empty spaces with cheese, then crackers and bagel chips.
  • Finally add in grapes, dried apricots, dried cranberries and chocolate covered raisins.


  • The ingredients listed above include everything you see in the photos. It's a pretty epic board that includes 7 kinds of cheese to showcase variety. You can pick just a few that you want to add to your own.
  • Nutritional information is not included, because it will vary vastly from platter to platter based on the ingredients used. 
  • Servings: The number of servings also varies by what ingredients you use and the  course you're serving the cheese tray with. As a cheese course, which comes after the main course, you need less than 1 ounce per person; as an appetizer or starter, 1-1.5 ounces per person, and as part of a meal, at least 2 ounces per person. 
  • Variety is key. Be sure to offer different sweet and savory flavors, and lots of texture.
  • Create visual interest by using different colors, and by cutting the cheese into different shapes, like wedges, cubes and slices.
Keyword cheese board, cheese platter, cheese tray