I have a confession to make: I have a cheese obsession. I mean, I’ve always liked cheese on my sandwiches and the occasional slice of American Cheese as a snack when nothing else was doing it for me. But all the fancy cheeses? No way. Then one day my mother brought home a couple different kinds of softer cheeses – a Havarti, some South American cheese, some weird cheese with blueberries in it….. You know, the weird shit that typically would make me look in the other direction. But since I am a distinguished adult (HAH!), I decided to put my big girl panties on and try some of these cheeses that were otherwise outside of my comfort zone.
And guess what? Now I’m addicted. To be honest with you, I’d rather have cheese and crackers with a glass of wine for dinner than a piece of steak (& I love steak). So here we are, talking about cheeses and drinking wine for dinner.
Even though I have developed a cheese obsession and a love for meat & cheese boards, it’s infrequent that I ever put one together because let’s face it – cheese ain’t cheap. And I’m sure you wouldn’t believe me that putting together this meat & cheese board cost me less than $50 and that I still had enough meat and cheeses left over to make a second one (& maybe even a third!). You’ll have you learn to believe me though, because this entire spread cost me roughly $40. Thanks, Trader Joe’s.
To get everything to fit, you’ll have to play around with how things are positioned, sometimes I think that the best meat & cheese boards are the ones that are CRAMMED with all sorts of meats and cheeses. Don’t stress out about how it looks – it’ll all look the same once it’s eaten. As for the fixings, I went with my favorite types of cheeses instead of the ones that the Internet suggests (aka a variety of soft cheeses, hard cheeses, cow milk cheeses, goat milk cheeses, etc.) because that is stressful and no one has time for that.
I topped it off with a couple meat selections, some delicious pistachios, a couple strawberries for a flavor burst, and my *favorite* red pepper spread (it’s delicious on toast, too!!). Whether you’re having wine with your parents or heading to a cookout, you can never go wrong with this simple board (and it won’t break the bank!).
What you’ll need:
– Caramelized Onion Cheddar Cheese
– Garlic & Herb Goat Cheese
– Four Pepper Goat Cheese
– Dill Havarti
– Bread Sticks
– Parmesan Crisps
– Red Pepper Spread (made with eggplant & garlic)
No matter what you decide to include (& not to include) on your meat & cheese board is *obviously* up to you, and no matter what you include, you can truly never go wrong! A couple of my favorites for a casual spread are the pita crackers from Trader Joe’s and some grapes. YUM!