Holiday Cheese Board

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Let’s create the ultimate 🎄 Holiday Cheese Board together! If you’ve ever thought creating a cheese board is intimidating, don’t worry—this tutorial is designed just for you. Crafting a stunning cheese board is simpler than you might think. The key to perfection lies in using a variety of colors, textures, and shapes. By following my arrangement and using these specific steps, you’ll be able to impress everyone with a beautiful cheese board this holiday season.

Why You’ll Love Holiday Cheese Board

Creating this Holiday Cheese Board 🧀 is a breeze; you’ll love it for a few reasons. It’s beginner-friendly, letting you put together a lovely spread. The best part? You get to be creative with different colors and textures. If you follow the steps I give, you will for sure have a board that not only looks good but also impresses everyone who tries it.

Perfect for the holidays, it’s a crowd-pleaser that adds a festive touch to your gatherings. Plus, the variety of cheeses, meats, and other charcuterie ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, get your 🎅 Santa hat on and get ready to make your holiday gatherings a bit more special with a cheese board that’s easy, creative, and sure to get those ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’.

How to Prepare Holiday Cheese Board

🌹 First, arrange salami in a circle to form a rose in the middle.

🍍 Next, spread pineapple cream cheese on one side, and place blue cheese on the opposite side.

🔻 Then, cut the brie into triangles and arrange on each side of the rose.

🧀 Now cube Tickler cheese and havarti, placing them on opposite sides so that they contrast each other.

⭐ Place crisps between the salami rose and cream cheese.

🍇 Add green grapes on opposite sides of the plate, along with two small jars of jam.

🫒 Put a bowl of olives between the salami rose and Tickler.

🌰 Cut up figs and add them to the top of the plate or board.

🥕 Fill in the remaining spaces with your favorite ingredients. Be creative and enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip

All the extras, like nuts, golden berries, pomegranate, figs, and grapefruit can be substituted for anything you like.

Variations and Substitutions

Whether you’re experienced or new to making cheese boards, customization is key. You’re always welcome to swap out my suggested choices and experiment with different cheeses, crackers, and more.

  1. Instead of the cheeses I used, try some different cheeses like truffle-infused cheese, smoked gouda, or 🌿 herbed goat cheese.
  2. Explore different charcuterie (meat) options such as prosciutto, chorizo, or capicola for a diverse selection.
  3. Instead of crisps, consider a variety of crackers, breadsticks, or even a 🥖 baguette sliced into rounds.
  4. You can certainly experiment with different spreads like honeycomb, fig jam, or grainy mustard.
  5. Consider varying the fruits based on the season; maybe adding sliced pears, persimmons, or 🍎 apple slices.
  6. I used hazelnuts, but you can use any nuts you like – almonds, candied pecans or spiced walnuts instead of
  7. Feel free to include 🍫 chocolate-covered nuts or dark chocolate chunks for a decadent touch.
  8. For a plant-based alternative, incorporate vegan cheeses, plant-based charcuterie, and vegan-friendly spreads.
  9. Offer different types of bread, like rye or 🍞 sourdough, in addition to or instead of crackers.
holiday cheese board

Other Holiday Recipes

Are you cooking for a crowd this 🎄 holiday? I’ve got plenty of ideas that are not only gorgeous on your table but also easy to prepare. The presentation will impress your guests, and you’ll be glad you didn’t spend the entire afternoon in the kitchen! If you want more boards, check out my Holiday Butter Board or Holiday Charcuterie Board.

Common Questions

What’s best for filling in the board?

All the extras like nuts, golden berries, pomegranate, figs, and grapefruit can be substituted for anything you like.

Can I prepare a cheese board in advance?

Yes, many components like cheeses, charcuterie, and some accompaniments can be prepared in advance. Add fresh items (like fruit or crackers) just before serving.

How much cheese should I include per person?

Plan for about 2-3 ounces of cheese per person when serving a cheese board as an appetizer.

Can I make a vegetarian or vegan cheese board?

You can certainly use plant-based cheeses, vegan charcuterie, and a variety of fruits, nuts, and spreads for a delightful vegetarian or vegan cheese board.

holiday cheese board

Holiday Cheese Board

Cheese and charcuterie boards are EASIER than you think. The trick to making the most beautiful Holiday cheese board is to use lots of different colours, textures, and shapes.
4.50 from 2 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 8 people
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 20 slices genoa salami , any salami works
  • 1 wheel pineapple cream cheese, by Castello
  • 1 blue cheese, triangle
  • ½ brie cheese, small wheel
  • ½ brie cheese, extra creamy (small wheel)
  • 1 cup havarti, cubed
  • 1 cup cheddar, cubed
  • any crisps or crackers
  • green grapes + red grapes
  • any jam , I used fig jam
  • olives of choice
  • few figs , cut in half
  • 1 pack golden berries
  • pomegranate seeds
  • grapefruit slices
  • hazelnuts , any nuts
  • sprigs of Rosemary, for presentation


  • Take a glass and start arranging the salami in a circle, flip it over to form a rose and place it in the middle. Add the pineapple cream cheese on the bottom and the blue cheese on the opposite side. You can break up the Blue cheese if you wish in the front.
  • Cut the brie into triangles and arrange it on each side of the rose.
  • Cube the Tickler cheese (cheddar) and Havarti and place them on opposite sides of each other. Take the crisps and place them in between the salami rose and cream cheese, you can now start to fill in the blanks with the rest of your ingredients in the order that I listed them in.
  • Add the green and grapes opposite sides of each other as well as the two small jars of jam.
  • Place a little bowl of olives between the salami rose and Tickler (cheddar) and cut up the figs and add them at the top of the plate or board.
  • The rest of the fillings you can add anywhere that you love and fill in any blanks you have. Try to be creative and use ingredients that you love. Enjoy



Calories: 293kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 887mg, Potassium: 151mg, Fiber: 0.03g, Sugar: 0.2g, Vitamin A: 429IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 241mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, French
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