The perfect cheese board

The perfect cheese board

A platter that's prepared before everyone arrives gives you more time to catch up with friends!

  • Takes 10 mins + resting
  • 8
  • Easy


  • 3 x 200g assorted cheeses
  • handful leaves
  • 2 x carriers/carbs
  • 3 x 8 slices assorted meats
  • 2-3 savoury extras
  • 2-3 sweet extras


  1. Take cheeses out 20 minutes before serving so they can come to room temperature. Place leaves and top with the cheeses.
  2. Place the bread and crackers on the board, followed by the meats and condiments. Finally, add fresh fruit and extra herbs.

Make your own marinated olives

Combine 100g Kalamata olives, 45ml olive oil, 5ml crushed chillies, 80ml cubed feta, 60ml sun-dried tomatoes (optional), and 1 halved garlic clove.

How much and what to buy


Work on about 80g of cheese per person. Include at least 3 different types of cheese: soft cheese like Brie or Camembert; semihard cheese like aged Cheddar or smoked Gouda; and hard/semi-hard cheese like Parmesan, pecorino or Emmental. Include blue cheese or goat’s cheese if your guests are adventurous eaters or cream cheese for the less brave.


Include 3 different types of meat and 1 slice of each per person: salami, Black Forest ham, prosciutto, gypsy ham.

Savoury extras

Include 2-3 different types (about 50g in total per person): olives, nuts, pickles, artichokes, tapenade or pesto, herbs or leaves (like rocket or basil).

Sweet extras

Include 2-3 different types (about 50g in total per person): fresh fruit like grapes, figs or strawberries; jam, preserves, honey and dried fruit.


Offer about 5 per person, depending on size. Include artisanal breads like ciabatta or French loaf and mixed crackers or breadsticks. Add low-carb options, too.





Keep costs down! Raid your fridge and pantry for leftover preserves, olives, dried fruit and nuts. You can also ask guests to bring their favourite cheese, instead of buying everything yourself.

Magazine issue date: January, 2017

Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Your Family’s Digital editor. Avid retweeter. When I’m not scrolling Instagram you’ll find me in my garden. Keen on DIY and I don’t believe there’s anything that can’t be fixed with some chalk paint.