When it comes to entertaining guests, throwing together a cheese board is the easiest way to look like you know what you're doing. First off, it's elegant AF, plus it's super easy to assemble.
Here are 5 things you should always keep on hand, so you'll be prepared for any last minute invites or in impromptu get-togethers.
- Dried Fruit — Since fresh fruit has a short life span and you never know when you're going to be invited over, dried fruit is an easy solution. Keep things on hand like dried apricots, cherries and banana chips. And depending on what color serving platter you are using, try to opt for something that will give your plate a pop of color. When we use our Crate and Barrel Tondo platter, we add plantain chips for added color, and use a white bowl to show off the currents.
- Nuts — Grace your plate with the Queen of the Almonds, aka- the Marcona Almond. These regal sounding treats are really easy to find, you can stock up at Whole Foods, Costco, Trader Joe's and even Amazon. Not an almond fan? No worries, you can use anything from walnuts to peanuts and sprinkle them around the tray, or showcase them in small dishes.
- Crackers — We live near a Trader Joe's, which means we have endless options for crackers. We tend to keep their Fig & Olive Crips, or Rosemary & Raisin Crisps on hand. They're savory crackers that pair really well with soft and spreadable cheese — like brie or goat cheese. I also LOVE the apricot & ginger Raincoast Crisps. But get creative - there are so many buttery, savory, sweet and gluten free options for you to go with!
- Something Salty — Achieve cheese board balance by offering something for your savory friends. You can go with olives (which are great to keep on hand for your dirty martini lovers), a tapenade, or anything pickled. Cornichones are also an easy go-to, plus, they're adorable.
- Something Sweet — For those with a sweet tooth, dried fruit may not be enough. This is where you can add fresh honey, candied nuts, quince paste and jam.
All these items are super easy to have on hand or can be picked up at the super market. Plus, they have a decent shelf life, so it's great to stock up around the holidays.
Now that we've shared a couple of our favorites, we'd love to hear about your staples! Please share in the comments section below!