There are no requirements for a meat and cheese board – that's part of the fun and the art of creating a beautiful charcuterie arrangement. When it comes to selecting the best cheeses for your charcuterie board, pick cheeses that you love and that offer a range of flavors and textures. Typically this will include soft and semi-soft cheeses as well as semi-firm and hard cheeses, along with a sample of blue cheese and perhaps some specialty cheeses like herbed havarti or smoked gouda.
To create a visually appealing spread, start with an item in the middle that has some height. For example, you might fill a large wineglass with grapes or a ceramic bowl with breadsticks. Next, add your cheeses and small dishes of spreads, vegetables, and nuts to the board, spreading them out evenly around the centerpiece. Place the charcuterie meat in slices, loose bunches, or layers in and around the cheese. Then fill in all the empty spaces with small snacks like almonds, sliced fruit, pickles, crackers, and bread.