Make Your Own Cheese Board
Add taste and elegance to your event with a selection of scrumptious cheeses garnished with fruit. These tips from Giant Eagle® — and cheese from our Cheese Shop as well as fruit from our Produce Department — make it easy to prepare and present a cheese board that’s sure to please.
Serve cheese at room temperature to enhance its natural flavor.
Choosing and Arranging the Cheeses
- Variety is key! Array an assortment of flavors, shapes, and colors. Check out the more than 400 varieties of domestic and imported cheeses you’ll find at Giant Eagle.
- For a different texture, add a delicious cheese ball from the Giant Eagle Prepared Foods department. Flavors include blue cheese, Montchevre Fig and Almond, Ambrosia, Sharp Cheddar, and Asiago. And check out the prepared cheese spreads available in our Cheese Shop.
- Get creative with your arrangement. Arrange cheese to showcase textures or flavors within the same milk source, or by country of origin: Italian cheeses, French cheeses, or Swiss cheeses are classic choices.
- Create your cheese board around a holiday or theme. For Christmas, choose varieties of cheddar, cranberry Stilton, and holiday crackers. For a Memorial Day cookout, select American cheeses and cold deli meats.
- Garnish with parsley, grapes, apples, pears, tomatoes, and celery to add texture, flavor, and beauty.
- Plan on 3.5 oz. of cheese per person. If you're serving additional food, reduce cheese serving to 2.5 oz.
- Separate knives are a must. Using knives from strongly flavored blue-veined and mold-ripened cheeses can taint the flavors of more delicate cheeses.
- Serve cheese at room temperature to enhance its natural flavor. About two hours ahead, remove the cheese from the refrigerator and wrap it loosely in cheesecloth until ready to serve.
- Suggest that guests begin with milder cheeses to prepare their palate for bolder, more assertive varieties later.
- Maintain freshness and flavor by storing your cheese in cheesecloth, clear plastic wrap or foil.
- After wrapping, store cheese on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.