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This classic cheese and crackers board is a favorite for sharing, and perfectly customizable for any occasion!

Making a Charcuterie Board is quick and simple like this Cheese and Crackers board, which is perfect for sharing at potlucks and for hosting parties!

The top view of a cheese and crackers board.

Who Doesn’t Love Cheese?!

One of our favorite appetizers is a Charcuterie Board. They offer variety and are extremely customizable!

Our best-loved, and the one we make most often is a classic cheese and crackers board with some of our favorite dips (like Artichoke Dip, Knorr Spinach Dip, Cream Cheese Green Chili dip and more).

It’s simple, yet packed with flavorful bites!

Why we love it:

  • Make it your own. The best part of Charcuterie Boards is the ability to easily change it up and add your favorites!
  • Ready in minutes. Opt for store-bought dips so all that’s left to do is simply fill the board and it’s ready to enjoy!
  • Party perfect. Because there can be so much variety, and you can make it as large or small as needed, a cheese and cracker board is perfect for large gatherings, celebrations, BBQs, and parties!
Cut and cubed cheese, crackers, and grapes ready for assembling on a board.

Ingredient List

  • whipped cream cheese chive and onion
  • Boursin Gournay garlic and fine herb cheese 
  • pimento cheese – use your favorite, mine is the Gouda Pimento cheese from Costco
  • crackers – Ritz Crackers, Pepperidge Farm Trio crackers, water biscuits, Wheat Thins, pita crackers, Club crackers, or Chicken in a Biskit
  • Town House Flip Sides
  • cheese – I used Colby and Monterey Jack cheese, Pepper Jack cheese, and Swiss cheese. Use other hard cheeses or soft cheeses like sharp cheddar cheese, asiago, Dubliner, gouda, gruyere, brie, fresh mozzarella, or goat cheese.
  • small pretzels
  • green and red grapes

Gluten-Free

Please note that even when gluten-free crackers are added to the board, those with celiac disease cannot eat them if they’ve come in contact with anything containing gluten.

It’s best to prepare a completely separate gluten-free platter with uncontaminated dips, spreading knives, and other non-gluten items.  

Just Fill the Board!

  1. To build the board place any items that will be placed in bowls on the board first and then build around those bowls!
  2. Consider color of your items so that the colors are varied across the board.

The Board

  • My favorite option is to use a wooden board, but it is not necessary. Any platter or tray can be used. You can even use a lined baking sheet.
  • Depending on the amount of guests and type of party you can choose large or smaller boards or even have 2 boards to set out in different areas.
A close up of adding crackers to the cheese and dips on a board.

Charcuterie Tips

  • Room temperature. Cheese should be served at room temperature so make sure to take the cheese out of the fridge about 30 minutes before serving.
  • Fruit. Fresh fruits that brown easily should be treated with lemon juice or Balls Fresh Fruit powder. Juicy fruits that can cause other items to become soggy should be avoided or placed in a small bowl.
  • Nuts. Add pecans, walnuts, and almonds.
  • Spreads. Cranberry Sauce or Cheese Balls can be used.
  • Serving. Don’t set everything out all at once. Have extras of each element and replenish the board as needed.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like rosemary or parsley
A plate filled with cheese and crackers form the board.

Storage Tips

  • Prep ahead of time. Prepare the cheese and crackers board ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to assemble.
  • Make ahead of time. To save time, assemble the board a few hours before serving. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
  • STORE. Cover the board and store it in the fridge or place the different ingredients into separate containers and store them for later.
The top view of a cheese and crackers board filled and ready for serving.

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Cheese and Crackers

By: Lil’ Luna
This classic cheese and crackers board is a favorite for sharing, and perfectly customizable for any occasion!
Servings: 24
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Bowls:

  • 1 cup Whipped Cream Cheese Chive and Onion
  • 1 cup Boursin Gournay garlic and fine herb cheese, in the deli section
  • 1 cup Pimento cheese, your favorite, mine is the Gouda Pimento cheese from Costco

Crackers:

  • 2 cups Crackers
  • 2 cups Town House Flip Sides

Cheeses:

  • 1 cup Sliced cheese
  • 1 cup Colby and Monterey Jack Cubes
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack Cubes
  • 8 slices swiss, cheese cut into star shapes with small cookie cutters

Other:

  • 1 cup Small pretzels
  • 2 cups Green and red grapes

Instructions 

  • To build the board place any items that will be placed in bowls on the board first and then build around those bowls!
  • Consider color of your items so that the colors are varied across the board.

Notes

Board options. My favorite is to use a wooden board, but it is not necessary. Any platter or tray can be used. You can even use a lined baking sheet.
Prep ahead of time. Prepare the cheese ahead of time and keep it stored in an airtight container in the fridge until you assemble the cheese board.
Make ahead of time. Assemble the board a few hours before serving. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
STORE. Cover the board and store it in the fridge or place the different ingredients into separate containers and store them for later.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 335mg, Potassium: 47mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 225IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 105mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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