I’m not sure about you, but when it comes to holiday entertaining, we always think easiest is best. Cheese boards are almost always our go-to appetizer – they’re easy to assemble, easy to customize, and always a huge crowd pleaser! They’re perfect for a small family gathering or a large holiday party. All you have to do is choose your pairings, prep and assemble!
When it comes to a fall-themed cheese board, Litehouse® Gorgonzola and Blue Cheese are excellent choices. They both have robust, rich flavors that pair perfectly with fall produce like cranberries and figs.
Litehouse® Simply Artisan Gorgonzola and Blue Cheese Center Cuts are premium selections of the blue cheese and gorgonzola cheese wheel, cored from the center where the flavor is most rich and developed. These center cuts are aged for more than 100 days, so they’re well suited for a cheese board, where they are the star ingredient. Litehouse also offers blue cheese and gorgonzola crumbles, which are great for salads and toppings!
With your cheeses selected, it’s time to choose your pairings. Below, we’re breaking down the most important components:
Olives: salty, rich olives cut the richness of the gorgonzola and blue cheese. We like to make a simple marinade for olives with olive oil, lemon juice and Litehouse® Freeze Dried Oregano. You can also add in Litehouse® Freeze Dried Garlic for extra flavor. Just about any olive variety will do – we like to go with a mix so you get different flavors and textures. When in doubt, castelvetrano olives are my go-to – they’re buttery, mild and delicious.
Fruit: With such rich, creamy cheeses, we like to stick with dried and freeze dried fruits on this fall-inspired cheese board. Dried cranberries and/or cherries provide a tart counterpoint to the cheeses. Dried apricots also pair beautifully with gorgonzola and blue cheese. Dried figs would be another great choice. We also love adding in a handful of freeze dried strawberries, which add more sweetness and some crunch.
Nuts: pecans, walnuts and pistachios are the best choices here. You can use any variety – salted, unsalted, roasted, candied – it’s up to you!
Crackers: I love to use a hearty cracker studded with dried fruit and nuts or seeds to pair with gorgonzola and blue cheese. For a simpler cracker, opt for something thin and crunchy. You can also add in some toasted or fresh baguette – this is especially nice for those that like to assemble their own crostini with various toppings from the cheese board.
Other toppings: fig jam and honey are two more essentials for this fall cheese board. If you can’t find fig jam, something like apricot would work well here, too. Honey is always excellent as a topping for that extra layer of flavor and touch of sweetness that perfectly balances out the richness of the other pairings.
You can add as many or as few pairings as you’d like, but we think this guide is a great place to start!