Focaccia Cheese Board

Wisconsin Cheese Focaccia Cheese Board Recipe
Active Time
1 Hour


Cheese Board:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Aged Cheddar, Havarti or Monterey Jack can be used in this recipe.


  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water in a large bowl. Let stand for 5-6 minutes or until foamy.
  2. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl; gradually add to yeast mixture just until a dough forms.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead just to combine. Place dough into a large bowl coated with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Flip to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 3-4 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 450°F. Brush a 15 x 10-inch rimmed baking pan with 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  5. Gently stretch dough to fill the pan. Using fingers, press dimples into dough. Wrap a small ramekin in aluminum foil. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Lightly press ramekin into dough to make a bowl for jam, taking care not to press deeply. Press the garlic, chives, sage, capers and miniature peppers into the dough to create a design. Brush dough with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the ramekin, using a knife to loosen if necessary. Transfer focaccia to a serving board.

Cheese Board:

  1. Arrange the cheddar, havarti and pepper jack on focaccia. Fill in with salami flowers, jam and olives. Garnish with sage and thyme.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Cedar Grove’s organic cheeses are made from the freshest, Grade A, certified organic milk. Flecked with chilies, pepper jack is a blend of creamy, mild monterey jack cheese spiked with (typically) green and red jalapeno peppers.

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