Meat and Cheese Board - A Weekly Staple?

The Super Bowl has come and gone, so what do you do with the leftovers? This meat and cheese board can become your lunch, mid-morning snack, afternoon munchie or happy hour offering. The basics are all here: meat, cheese, fruit, nuts and a cracker or bread. Here’s an easy guideline to creating your own.


Putting together a meat and cheese board is an artistic adventure. As long as you have the staple ingredients you can go crazy with the design. For the one shown here I wanted mine to have an English flair so I put it on a 19th century Staffordshire meat platter. They can be done on a pizza paddle, cutting board or any platter for that matter. There is virtually no cooking involved and your guests will love the variety (and the protein).


  • Brie

  • Chèvre with olives

  • Jarlsburg

  • Extra sharp cheddar

  • Salami

  • Prosciutto

  • Black Forest ham

  • Roasted Pistachios

  • Almonds

  • Dried apricots

  • Granny Smith apples, sliced thinly, tossed with lemon juice

  • Grapes

  • Olives (green and Kalamata)

  • Crackers (gluten free and regular)

  • Artisan bread, sliced (seen here is a cheddar jalapeno)

  • Cornishons


  1. Arrange everything in piles on a large board or platter, pinching meat to form little mounds and fanning cheese that is cut in slices.

  2. Put items with liquids (mustard, spreads, olives) in small ramekins.

  3. Sprinkle nuts to fill in the little empty spaces.

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