There’s nothing like great cheese, and while a cheese board (or plate) is simple to prepare there are a few important steps to ensure success.
Buy a variety
Choose different types like cheddar, blue, something aged, goat and also different textures like firm, soft, and creamy.
Your guests like to know what’s what
Don’t serve it cold
Cheese right out of the fridge has much less flavor, so remove from fridge 30-45 minutes before serving
The cheese will be the star, but adding things like pickles, olives, dried fruit and honey are a delicious touch. And be sure to put out different knives – preferably a different one for each cheese. You might not want aromatic blue on a simple gouda.
You don’t need to go crazy, but a little left over is much preferable to not enough, and about an ounce of each cheese per person should do it.