If you have read my “About” page, you know that I love the show Will and Grace. You might also know that I love cheese because well, I’m human.
Did you also know that NEW EPISODES OF WILL AND GRACE ARE BACK?!
Literally, dreams come true if you believe in them hard enough. So obviously on the premier date of the show I decided to have a party and invite a bunch of friends (also a great show) over to watch the first episode after its been away for the last 11 years. All of which I have been watching reruns BTW.
Some people were into the show and some people were not (insert eye roll) but we had a great turnout and I had to make sure I had fun yummy snacks for everyone. I was just kind of brainstorming ideas and I thought that a cheeseboard would be a great idea for a crowd. So to the store I went.
When you’re shopping around for cheese board items you obviously need cheese, but the types of cheese are very important! Its best to have different textures and different flavors so that there is a variety and something for everyone. The ones I used here are smoked mozzarella, muenster, soft cheese wedges, braided spicy mozzarella, and everyones favorite – Boursin; in the garlic and fine herb flavor. Boursin is a soft creamy cheese that comes in a couple flavors and has a similar consistency to whipped cream cheese. Try it- you won’t be dissapointed. Im pretty sure that at least 3 people went the next day to get it from the grocery store.
Next I needed some kind of vehicle for the cheese, I mean I have no problem eating it on its own but not everyone is like me. I found some skinny bread sticks, some garlic flat bread crackers, and little crostini to keep up the variety.
Moving on I needed some little food accessories that would go well with the cheeses. A mix of sweet and savory add ins make the cheese platter pop with color and flavor when eaten. Things like green apple, red grapes, dried cranberries, pistachios, pickles, and olives. Adding in jams like these teeny-tiny, oh so cute, apricot jelly jars were the perfect size and flavor that I needed. There was also a little cup full of spicy mustard and another of a creamy horseradish sauce (my fave) in case anyone wanted a little bit of a kick.
So many flavor options were going onto one platter until I realized that I actually did not have a cheese board and I really wasn’t about to go out and drop $50+ bucks on one (thanks bed bath). Then I had a thought- I would go to Home Depot, buy 1 floor tile and voila! Cheese board! I ran there with 15 minutes to spare before having to pick up my kids, picked a 12×12 inch marble tile for a whopping $2.29, made sure to ask if I could only buy one, and headed to the checkout line where they obviously couldn’t figure out how to ring me up (insert another eye roll). The cashier had to call someone over and ask what to do, and then she couldn’t figure it out either, and then I had to explain that the guy said it was ok and I could buy one and they just had to scan it blah blah bah, meanwhile my clock is ticking and I had 12 minutes left. She asked if I wanted to go back to the tile dept and I was like umm no I really have to go, (tick, tock) its $2.29 can I just pay that? She goes “wait its just this one? This is just a sample, just take it, samples are free!”
And that is the story of how I got this awesome cheeseboard FOR FREEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Why pay a lot for a cheese board when you can get it for free?! Go to Home depot or Lowes pick a tile, pretend you’re doing a reno and ask for a free sample. Or you can not pretend and just ask for it because I’m pretty sure they do not care at all.
After a deep clean I began assembling my board. A few tips:
- Start with the cheese first and place it where you would like on the board.
- Whatever you put next to each other should compliment each others flavors.
- Place the bigger items first, and then fill in with the smaller goodies.
- If there is a hard cheese, make sure that it is cut into smaller slices or cubes for easy grabbing.
- Play around with the colors and symmetry of the board, if you don’t like where something is, move it!
- IT WILL BE AWESOME NO MATTER WHAT BC IT IS CHEESE.
And in case you are wondering, yes, I did get to my kids school on time with 1 minute to spare (insert high five).
- 1 free marble tile from Home depot
- Assorted cheeses such as, braided mozzarella, muenster, smoked, Boursin, and other soft cheeses
- Assorted breadsticks and crackers
- Assorted jelly and sauces such as apricot jelly, mustard, and horseradish sauce
- Dried cranberries
- Green apple slices
- Assemble assorted cheeses, breadsticks, and other goodies on the tile according to your liking.
- Place in fridge.
- Remove from fridge 20 minutes before party.