Festive Charcuterie Board

November 25, 2020
Created by Cheesemonger Mariah Ballard
Half Hour
Serves 6-8
  • Jasper Hill Farm Bayley Hazen Blue
  • Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog
  • Beehive Cheese TruffleHive
  • Beemster XO Gouda
  • Uplands Cheese Co.’s Pleasant Ridge Reserve
  • Oregon’s Olympia Provisions Pork Pistachio Pâté
  • Olympia Provisions Capicola Deli Meat
  • Creminelli Fine Meats Calabrese Salami
  • Creminelli Prosciutto
  • Mixed nuts
  • Harmons baguette
  • Pomegranate

At Harmons, we’re pretty proud of our cheese islands—and our cheesemongers. If you’d like to make an impressive cheese or charcuterie board for your intimate gathering this holiday season, but aren’t sure where to start, our cheesemongers can recommend items that will complement one another. Your guests will be so impressed! 

Specialty Cheese Buyer, Mariah Ballard, has the following recommendations:

  • As a general guideline, count on 6 ounces of cheese per person. Reduce that amount depending on the time and type of event as well as other food that will be served. 
  • Serve three or five cheeses as odd numbers make the best presentations.
  • Select cheeses made of different milks (goat, sheep, cow, water buffalo), different textures (soft, semi-soft, hard) and different ages (young, aged).
  • Serve a variety of foods to complement the cheeses, such as fresh and dried fruits, nuts, breads, crackers, and spreads.
  • Remove cheeses from refrigerator 2-3 hours before serving and unwrap to bring to room temperature.