7 Pantry Pairings To Build A Cheeseboard At Home
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7 Pantry Pairings To Build A Cheeseboard At Home

See our top seven cheese pairing suggestions to transform pantry staples and common snacks into ideal cheeseboard pairings.


Cheeseboard Pairings, Right in Your Pantry

There are few worldly pleasures that spark joy like a cheeseboard overflowing with Wisconsin cheese and your favorite accouterments. Before you start daydreaming about cheeseboards, take stock of your pantry.

We’d wager you already have some key ingredients on-hand and what you don’t have can be easily found at any grocery store. Some of these suggestions go well with cheeses; others are just plain delicious additions. As always, we invite you to experiment and create your own unique combinations—the world of cheese is yours to explore. 

Cheese and Preserves 


You know that jar of fruit preserves that’s been sitting unopened in your pantry for months? This is the perfect time to finally crack it open!

Chutneys, fruit jams, preserves, and pastes all add a burst of bright, fruity sweetness to your cheeseboard.

They can also help balance the savory and often earthy flavors of cheese. 

Recommended Preserve and Cheese Pairings for a Cheeseboard

Mango chutney and aged gouda

Tomato jam and aged cheddar

Fig jam and blue cheese

Apple butter and havarti

Raspberry preserves and mascarpone

Sour cherry jam and blue cheese

Cheese and Crackers

The humble cracker is more than just a vessel to carry cheese to your mouth (although they’re also ideal for that). Crackers make great palate cleansers while also adding a satisfying crunch to balance out the smooth creaminess of most cheeses.

Best of all? They can stay fresh for ages so when you have a cheese craving, they’ll be in your pantry ready to go. That’s why we believe crackers are a must-have for any cheeseboard.

No specific pairings here, we’ve never met a cheese and cracker combo we didn’t like. 

Recommended Crackers for a Cheeseboard

Water crackers

Thin breadsticks

Wheat crackers

Multigrain crackers

Cheese and Dried Fruits


Daydreaming of dried pineapple and GranQueso cheese? Don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal.

Dried fruits like pineapple add sweet-tangy flavors that get along swimmingly with young and aged cheeses alike.

The flavors aren’t the only good thing here, dried fruit also adds beautiful pops of color to your cheeseboard.  

Recommended Dried Fruit and Cheese Pairings

Dried apricots and aged gouda

Dried pineapple and GranQueso

Dried cherries and young gouda

Dates and ricotta

Raisins and aged cheddar

Cheese and Nuts

Nuts are snackable and salty treats that come in a variety of flavors and textures and are basically made to go with Wisconsin cheese.

The crunch you get from gourmet nuts is exactly what we want between hunks of creamy gouda.

You can go nuts with cheese pairing options here—they’re all good.

Recommended Nuts for a Cheeseboard

Walnuts

Pecans

Almonds

Pistachios

Cashews

Candied nuts

Nut brittles

Cheese and Relishes 


Even if you’re not the type to enjoy some salty, briny olives between bites of cheese, we’re big believers in including some pickled or brined veggies with your cheeseboard.

These delish relishes cut through the richness of the cheese and help refresh your palate, so your next bite of brick is even more heavenly than the last.

Don’t worry about any particular cheese pairings here—relishes are there more as a palate cleanser and an accent note to the star of the show: the cheese.

Recommended Relishes for a Cheeseboard

Pickled asparagus

Pickled green beans

Pickled Brussels sprouts

Marinated mushrooms

Cornichons

Assorted olives

Pickled onions

Cheese and Chocolate

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to pairing cheese and chocolate.

Chocolate can go well with sweeter, fresh cheeses like mascarpone, but also with earthy, savory cheeses like blue.

Try whatever pairings pop into your head—no matter how outlandish. Your tastes buds will thank you. 

Recommended Chocolates for a Cheeseboard

Assorted dark chocolate bars

Milk chocolate

Chocolate-covered caramels

Chocolate toffee

Espresso beans

Cheese and Condiments


You haven’t truly lived until you’ve tried blue cheese with sweet honey drizzled over it.

Whatever your condiment of choice, a drizzle or dollop here and there can elevate your cheese tasting experience to new heights.

We’ll start your cheeseboard off with a few of our favorite cheese and condiment pairings, but feel free to supplement as you see fit.

Recommended Condiments and Cheese Pairings

Assorted mustards and havarti

Balsamic vinegar and parmesan

Honey and blue cheese

Fruit salsa and GranQueso

Olive tapenade and aged cheddar

Conclusion

Armed with these pairing options, making the cheeseboard of your dreams will be a breeze. Ad-lib something with leftovers from your pantry, or meticulously plan every detail of an extravagant cheeseboard. Either way, your future looks cheesy. Don’t forget to share your cheeseboard with us on Facebook and Instagram. 

For more pairing suggestions take a look at our meat and cheese pairing guide, or pair your cheeseboard with some wine options. Looking for more cheeseboard inspiration? Give one of our handcrafted cheeseboard recipes a try, or pick from our selection of over 300 recipes featuring Wisconsin cheese


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cgh526 .

Thanks for giving me some inspiration for today's happy hour with the fam:)