How to Make the Perfect Holiday Cheese Board

December 17, 2019

How to Make the Perfect Holiday Cheese Board

Crafting the Perfect Holiday Cheese Board

As wonderful as the holidays are, we understand the stress that comes with hosting an elaborate Christmas dinner with friends or family. That’s why cheese boards are the best when piled high with delicious Wisconsin Cheese, our Holiday Spirits Cheese Board is a breeze to plate and will be the talk of any party.

No pressure about having all the right ingredients, you can always substitute different accompaniments or add your favorite beloved cheese to our recommendations.

Speaking of cheese, it’s time to reveal our top Wisconsin Cheese picks for this holiday cheese board. 

Red Apple Hickory Smoked Bourbon Gouda Cheese

Are you a bourbon lover? This gouda from Red Apple Cheese is your new best friend. Loaded with the perfect amount of bourbon-y goodness—this is a hearty, robust cheese that will have you feeling warm and cozy on a chilly December day.

Kaukauna® Spreadable Cheddar Port Wine Cold Pack Cheese

Dive into this cheese spread with a crunchy flatbread or breadstick, either way this cheddar port will be right at home. Made from quality aged cheddar blended and with a lightly fruity port wine which gives this spread its signature coral color, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill cheese spread. 

Carr Valley Beer Cheddar Cheese

Known as ‘Exhibit A’ of why everything is better with beer. The experts at Carr Valley took their classic and adored aged cheddar and combined it with beer for a rich, nutty flavor you will be sure to love.

La Bottega di BelGioioso Artigiano® Vino Rosso Cheese

Made by BelGioioso Cheese’s original Master Cheesemaker, you won’t find this one-of-a-kind cheese made by anyone else. Imagine the crystalline structure of a parmesan with a friendlier, semi-firm texture—the perfect combo. As the “Vino Rosso” name suggests, this cheese got to bathe in a blend of red wine during its aging process. Make sure to enjoy the rind on this cheese, it’s where the wine soaks in for maximum flavor.  

Deer Creek® The Rattlesnake Cheese

Buckle up, this is one unique cheese. Deer Creek starts this cheese with a smooth and creamy aged cheddar before taking a twist for the unfamiliar. During the aging process Deer Creek infuses this cheese with Habanero peppers and premium gold tequila for a sweet, tropical, and hot finish. This cheese will truly take your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride. Every cheese board deserves at least one wildcard, and this cheese fits the bill perfectly. 

Holiday Cheese Board Accompaniments

Cheese might be the star of the show, but well-selected accompaniments can take your whole cheese board to the next level.

This list of carefully curated accompaniments adds some of our favorite holiday flavors while elevating the featured cheeses.

Feel free to add your own sides, cheese likes company.

  • Persimmon or fresh pear slices
  • Blood orange segments
  • Orange slices
  • Fresh citrus leaves
  • Goldenberries or fresh grapes
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Candied crab apples or fresh apple slices
  • Bourbon-soaked cherries or cherry reserves
  • Mixed nuts
  • Rosemary flatbread crackers
  • Breadsticks

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by plating options, feel free to follow along with our video showing the plating process. Or, blaze your own path and organize your cheese board your own way! Be sure to share a photo with us on Instagram or Facebook and become part of the largest cheese community in the world.


If you’re looking for other holiday cheese board options take a look at our Festive Holiday Cheese Board or trade in the traditional Christmas tree for something better, a Wisconsin Cheesemas Tree. If you’re eager to pick something else that suits your style, choose from our selection of over 300 handcrafted recipes featuring Wisconsin cheese. Struggling to find that perfect Christmas gift? Give the gift of cheese! Choose from our full selection of carefully curated cheese baskets to find the perfect present. Happy holidays from all of us at Wisconsin Cheese! 


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RonBin .

We are having a Holiday Fondue Saturday night with Gruyere and Emmenthal purchased at Alp & Dell Cheese in Monroe. It's a GREAT recipe.