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How to Build an Epic Cheese Board

When hosting a gathering, a cheese board is always a crowd favorite. Build your epic cheese board with your favorite cheeses, cured meats, crackers, dip, and bread. You can’t go wrong!

I’ve partnered with Heluva Good! to create this epic Cheese Board that is perfect for Friendsgiving! All opinions are my own. 

‘Tis the season for Holiday gatherings! And with gatherings and parties, come planning a menu that will be a hit with your guests and won’t take up all your time in the kitchen. 

One of the easiest ways to have a stunning spread and give you time to enjoy your gathering with your friends and family is by building a cheese board. 

There are a few rules when building a cheese board but really the sky is the limit! You can’t go wrong with cheese, crackers, and fruits. And the best part? You can build your board about a 30 minutes before your guests arrive, so you can visit and eat with your guests. 

How to Build a Cheese Board for Your Next Gathering

Before you start gathering everything you need for your cheese board, you need the actual cheese board! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy and you probably have something in your home you can use. Typically, a cheese board is either made from slate or wood. Whichever you decide to use, just make sure it is big enough to hold all of your goodies! 

If you are building a cheese board for a large gather, you are going to need a big board! Go big or go home!

Next, you want to gather all of your cheese board components. You, of course, want a variety of cheeses along with crackers and bread, cured meats (optional), fruits, and dips! 

For this cheese board, we gathered the following components.

Now that you have all of your components, you are ready to build your board. 

Dips, Dips, Dips!

Since this cheese board is for a gathering, like Friendsgiving, we added Heluva Good! dips! Heluva Good! dips are a staple for many of our gatherings. With 7 flavors to choose from, including everyone’s favorite, French Onion, Heluva Good! makes the good times better. Heluva Good! Dips are made with flavorful spices and are deliciously creamy. They are found in the dairy aisle of the supermarket.

We used the following varieties:

  • Heluva Good! French Onion
  • Heluva Good! Dill Pickle
  • Heluva Good! Buttermilk Ranch
  • Heluva Good! Bacon Horseradish

In terms of assembling, we put our dips in small glass bowls so everything is on the cheese board!

Let’s Get Cheesey

Now that our dips are on the board, it’s time for the cheese! You want your cheeses to be on the outside of the board so your guests can easily get to their favorite cheeses. 

Speaking of favorite cheeses, go with what you love! You want a variety of cheeses to offer to your guests. For our cheese board, we used:

  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Pepper Jack
  • Colby Jack
  • White Cheddar


Up next for our cheese boards are our crackers and bread. Just like you should pick a variety of cheeses, you want a variety of crackers and bread. 

I love a crunch on my cheese board! We included:

  • bagel chips
  • pita chips
  • pretzel crisps
  • toasted rounds

Cured Meats

Ok, ok, I know by adding meat to my cheese board, it’s technically not a cheese board anymore. But hear me out. I like to add them for holiday gatherings so there’s a little more bulk. Not everyone can fill up on just cheese so I like to give my guests options!

We stuck to only two types of cured meat. 

  • Calabrese Salame
  • Genoa Salame


Now it’s time to fill in the gaps. You can use fresh fruit, dried fruit, herbs, and nuts. When picking out your garnishes, think seasonal! Since this is a Friendsgiving cheese board, I used dried cranberries and cherries  in
order to inject those traditional fall flavors. And your cheese board isn’t complete without some grapes! Cheese and grapes are like peanut butter and jelly!

How to Build an Epic Cheese Board for Friendsgiving

How to Build an Epic Cheese Board for Friendsgiving

When hosting a gathering, a cheese board is always a crowd favorite. Build your epic cheese board with your favorite cheeses, cured meats, crackers, and bread. You can't go wrong! 

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty easy


  • assortment of cheeses and meats
  • Heluva Good! Dips
  • crackers and bread
  • garnishes (fruits and nuts)



  1. Start with a slate or wooden cheese board.
  2. If you adding dips, such as Heluva Good! dips, add into small bowls. Place on cheeseboard.
  3. Place your cheeses on the outside of the board to anchor them.
  4. Add your crackers and bread around your cheeses.
  5. If adding cured meats, place around your cheese board.
  6. Fill in the gaps with fruits and nuts.

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