The Ultimate Tailgate Cheese Board

November 29, 2019

The Ultimate Tailgate Cheese Board

Few things are as quintessentially fall as football. Whether you’re tailgating before the big game or cheering from the comfort of your living room, we have prepared some snack suggestions sure to turn anyone in a Wisconsin Cheese fan. 

Play #1: Rally the right players. 

Build a palate-pleasing Game Day Wisconsin Cheese Board by choosing a selection of Wisconsin cheeses that are big on visual contrast and bold in flavor.

We suggest starting with:

3-5 Wisconsin cheeses

2-3 different types of crackers

3-5 four accompaniments (including charcuterie and pickled vegetables) 

Play #2: Your Starting Lineup

You don’t have to be a cheese expert to pick the perfect starting lineup. We’ve got you covered! Here are a few fan favorites sure to have everyone cheering for cheese:   

Black Pepper BellaVitano®

The reigning Grand Champion at the 2017 U.S. Cheese Championship Contest, Black Pepper BellaVitano has a rich, creamy texture with notes of fruitiness and a sweet and tangy finish. The rind is coated in cracked black peppercorns for just the right amount of spice.

Hook's 10-Year Aged Cheddar

Tony and Julie Hook have been making cheese together in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, since 1976. Their aged cheddars take home countless awards. With a full, rich flavor and smooth finish, this 10-year cheddar is a fan favorite.

Marieke® Bacon Gouda

A native of the Netherlands, Marieke Penterman uses farmstead-fresh, raw cow’s milk from her family farm in Thorpe, Wisconsin to handcraft her traditional Dutch-style gouda cheeses. This version adds a generous amount of locally-cured bacon.

Smoked String Cheese

Your favorite childhood snack is all grown up with this smoked version that pairs perfectly with meats and pickled vegetables.

Dunbarton Blue

Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Chris Roelli has created a true original in Dunbarton Blue. This cellar-aged cheddar has blue veining and a natural rind.

Play #3: Add Some All-Star Swagger 

Want to take your cheese game to the next level? Here are a few ideas for wow-ing the crowd when you build your board: 

Pickled Green Bean & Brick Bites

Start with deli-sliced salami or capicola and spread with a spoonful of brick Spread. Add a pickled green bean and wrap it all up for a flavor-packed bite.

Bacon Sriracha Football Cheese Ball

A cheese ball can be a great addition to a cheese board or enjoyed as a savory appetizer all on its own. This Bacon Sriracha Football Cheese Ball works either way and is creamy, crunchy and spicy all at once.

To make your own, start by shredding some Roth® Sriracha Gouda. This innovative new cheese merges the mellow and mild flavor of Dutch-style Gouda with a sweet-hot kick from Sriracha chili sauce. Mix the shredded gouda with butter and cream cheese and shape it into a football. Cover the ball in sweet and salty bacon bits and add slices of mozzarella to mimic the design of football laces. 

Play #4: Don’t Forget to Hydrate! 

A Bloody Mary bar is the perfect way to sip in style.

Elevate the flavor factor of your bloody mary by adding skewers with cheese curds, green olives, summer sausage, and sliced pickles. 


No matter who you’re cheering for this season, Wisconsin Cheese is always a winner during the big game. Find inspiration for future game day parties with another one of our cheese board recipes, like this Fiesta Cheese Board, this Wisconsin Cheese and Charcuterie Board, or another spread that suits your style from our selection of over 300 handcrafted recipes featuring Wisconsin Cheese. Be sure to share your creations with us on Instagram and Facebook and become part of the largest cheese community in the world. 


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