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Jamie’s Christmas cheeseboard

Jamie’s Christmas cheeseboard

Jamie shares his favourite cheeseboard tips, and takes advice from expert cheesemonger Jason Hinds, of Neal’s Yard Dairy, on a truly British cheese selection.


  • Go to town on the presentation. Use a nice big wooden board, a piece of granite, or even a little table to designate as your cheese area – this is a centrepiece that everyone will get excited about
  • Number your cheeses with little flags to guide your guests, going from mild to strong – you need to start mild so you can actually taste each one as you go
  • It’s also nice for your guests if you stick little names in the cheeses, so they know what they’re trying. This is a great job to give to the kids to keep them busy!


  • In terms of vehicles, I believe in keeping your bread, crackers, oatcakes or crispbreads simple, so you let the cheese do the talking
  • When it comes to condiments, most seasonal fruits complement cheese really well – try apples, pears, clementines, grapes, fresh figs, or even dried raisins or dates
  • Quince membrillo or fruit cheeses such as Damson cheese, which are native to the UK, pair up with cheese a treat – but if you don’t have these, just raid the cupboard! Chutneys, marmalades, jams, pickles and preserves can all serve you well. On the jam front, anything that grows in our hedgerows, such as gooseberry, is particularly good


  • Chilling cheese in the fridge reduces its flavour, so if you’ve got a room that isn’t centrally heated, store it in there so it’s cool but not cold
  • Cheese is happiest wrapped in greaseproof paper, or even tin foil, so unpack and re-wrap it once you get home if you need to
  • You absolutely want to enjoy your cheeses at room temperature, but don’t put them in a room that’s too hot for too long before serving or you risk them drying out – covering them with a slightly damp tea towel will help


1. Appleby’s Cheshire – the youngest of the board, this Cheshire is fresh, lactic and lemony, perfect for opening up the palate before you get assaulted by the others!

2. Sparkenhoe Red Leicester – slightly more savoury with more creaminess and some caramelly notes, this is actually the last farmhouse version of this cheese being made

3. Kirkham’s Lancashire – this is a curveball and the hard cheese that Jason eats most. What’s special about this savoury, meaty variety is that it’s actually aged for about 10 months or more

4. Montgomery’s Cheddar – Cheddar is the most consumed cheese on the planet, but there are only three varieties that are authentically made in Somerset (this is one of them)

5. Colston Bassett Stilton – this is a really good, more mellow, creamier Stilton. If you close your eyes, you might not even know you’re eating a blue cheese, so it’s perfect for all palates

6. Baron Bigod – made on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, Jason thinks the producers of this creamy soft Brie-style cheese are game-changers

Check out Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook for many more clever tips on how to entertain in style this year. For more cheese inspiration check out as well as our huge selection of cheese-centric recipes.

How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Board

Want to make an amazing charcuterie board? I&rsquom going to show you How to Make the Ultimate Cheese Board in less than 10 minutes! Learn how to assemble the best cheese board &ndash from which cheeses to buy, to how to arrange everything on the board, to which wines to pair with your board!

Looking for more cheese board ideas? Check out my tutorial on how to make an EPIC cheese board for the holidays.


  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Pecorino romano
  • Ricotta salata
  • Parmigiano reggiano
  • Robiola rustica
  • Gorgonzola
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

Would you like to amaze your guests with a delicious Christmas-shaped appetizer? Are you looking for easy and cool Christmas snacks’ recipes? We propose you the right recipe: a tasty Christmas tree cheese board!

Actually there is not a real Christmas tree board recipe but for a good result you must care every single detail. We suggest you to alternate cheese with tomatoes and some herbs to add flavor and to give colour to your board.

A Christmas tree cheese platter is a good idea to welcome friends and relatives at your for Christmas dinner. It is a simple and funny recipe that you can make using your favorite cheeses. Our selection in particular includes Italian cheeses: Pecorino romano, a sheep’s milk cheese made in Rome, Parmigiano Reggiano, the most famous Italian cheese that can be used in many different recipes and Ricotta salata, another delicious sheep’s milk cheese. Let’s see how to make this nice cheese board idea.

9 Vegan Recipes for Your Christmas Cheeseboard

1. Cashew Cream Cheese

This dairy-free cashew cream cheese is simplicity at its best. All you need is raw cashews, nutritional yeast, a squeeze of lemon juice, and your favorite herbs – try fresh chives or dill!

2. Smoked Cashew Cheese

This smoked cashew cheese takes less than 10 minutes to make. It uses raw cashews, nutritional yeast, smoked paprika, and maple syrup for a touch of sweetness. This versatile vegan cheese is sliceable when baked and it even melts.

3. Smoked Gouda Cheese

This mouthwatering vegan gouda melts like real cheese—but it’s great for cheese boards, too! Made from coconut milk, nutritional yeast, agar agar powder, and liquid smoke, this dairy-free cheese will be gone in an instant.

See it here.

4. Melted Cheese

Don’t discount dips from your holiday vegan cheese platter! This melty, dairy-free cheese dip is made from affordable ingredients like potatoes and carrots. Nobody will guess that it’s actually made from veggies, plus it’s nut-free and soy-free.

5. Garlic and Herb Cheese

This tangy, homemade vegan cheese is made from a blend of raw cashews, nutritional yeast, fresh garlic, and lemon. It’s so easy to make—just pop all of the ingredients into a food processor, wrap it in cheesecloth, and let it set.

See the recipe here.

6. Spiced Cashew Dip

This vegan cashew cheese has a kick to it, thanks to the addition of red pepper flakes, paprika, and minced garlic. Serve with crackers or crisp veggies, like celery, to really let the spicy flavor shine through.

View the recipe here.

7. Cheddar Cheese

This dairy-free cheddar cheese is the perfect addition to your holiday cheese board. Made from cashews, this recipe utilizes agar, a seaweed-derived ingredient, in order to create a sliceable texture.

8. Queso Dip

This slightly spicy, super cheesy dip is ideal for those allergic to cashews because it uses eggplant to create a creamy, velvety texture. Serve with a side of chips for dipping.

9. Cranberry and Thyme Cheese Ball

Nutritious, delicious, and complete with festive colors, this eye-catching vegan cheese ball is made from cashews, with the addition of miso paste to create an authentic, tangy cheese flavor. Serve with crostini and crackers.

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Christmas Tree Cheese Board

This post includes tips and FAQs you might have about how to make a cheese board, some tasty recipes for Christmas appetizers as well as fun games for Holiday entertaining.

Wow your guests with Christmas tree cheese board this Holiday season!

Here are 4 reasons to make this Christmas tree shaped cheese board:

  • One of the easiest Christmas party recipes to try this Holiday season
  • Easily customizable to your liking
  • Fun Christmas appetizer
  • Easy to assemble

Do I need any special tools to make this Christmas tree cheese board?

No. You only need a chopping board, knife and a star cookie cutter. Plus a large serving tray. I also like to use a baking parchment to line my wooden tray so that any liquids, grease, crumbs stay on the paper which saves me cleaning.

What to use for cheese board?

You can use anything you like: Cocktail onions, cocktail pickles, nuts, dried fruits, salami, deli ham, pate, fresh fruit, berries…

Ingredient Substitutions:

Pretzel sticks – I cut them in halves and place them at the very bottom of my tray. You don’t have to buy a whole package just to make the “trunk”. But if you do, you can serve the rest of them alongside this Christmas tree cheese board. Instead of the pretzels, feel free to use a piece of a celery instead.

Grapes – use any kind you like or omit them completely and use other fruit or veggies instead. If you and your guests like olives, they are a great substitution.

Blueberries – if you don’t want to serve these as part of the Christmas tree cheese board, use dried fruits or nuts instead.

Pomegranate can be omitted completely.

Instead of dried cranberries you can use fresh cranberries.

Rosemary sprigs make your Christmas tree cheese board look prettier, but you don’t have to use it, if you don’t have it on hand.

What cheese to use for a cheese board?

The beauty of a Cheese Board is the fact that you can customize it to your (or your guests’) liking. The same goes for a charcuterie board or antipasti platter (Antipasti Platter).

For this Christmas tree cheese board, I chose red cheddar, white vintage cheddar and blue cheese. Feel free to use what you like the most. Here are some ideas for you:

More Christmas appetizers for your Holiday Menu:

Mini Christmas Tree Pizzas are fun Holiday appetizers that kids will love!

Smoked Salmon Bites – these are ready in minutes and taste delicious!

Mango Chicken Appetizers made with puff pastry, these are one of the best appetizers with chicken. You can also use leftover chicken, turkey or rotisserie chicken to make them, which will shorten your prep time!

Waldorf Cheese Ball Bites are bite-size appetizers perfect for the Holidays or New Year’s eve Party.

Caprese Salad Bites are ready in minutes and crowds love them! So why not add them to your Christmas Party Menu?

Planning a Christmas Party and looking for activities to do with your guests?

This collection of 20 Games to Play on Christmas Eve might give you some fun ideas.

Holiday Cheese Board

It’s beautiful, it’s festive, and it has four of my favorite cheeses – brie, manchego, provolone and Pepper Jack.

Not to mention, this will be the easiest appetizer you will have to assemble during the holidays. Because guess what? There is absolutely no cooking involved here.

Simply slice your cheeses, spread your crackers, crack open your pomegranate, and garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs for that holiday touch.

To finish it off, pour the wine.

How to Make Christmas Wreath Cheeseboard

Assembling the cheese wreath is very easy. Don’t overthink it, there’s no need for a ruler or any measurements!

Just start by making a circle with the greens and fill it with everything else.

You can easily customize the size of the wreath depending on how many people you are serving. A large 14ish-inch wreath can feed 8-10 people!

You can also keep extra ingredients on hand to refill the board as needed.

Recommended equipment: large round board or platter.

This is how I assemble a Christmas Wreath Cheeseboard:

    Start by using the fresh greenery to form a large circle on a large round wood board or platter.

48 delightfully easy recipes for your festive cheeseboard leftovers

Usually there's no such thing as leftover cheese for us, but we're guilty of over-buying for the Christmas cheeseboard, meaning we're often left with cheese long beyond Christmas and Boxing Day.

Aside from frequent trips to the fridge to nibble on a hunk of cheese, you can actually take your leftovers and create a tasty dish the whole family can enjoy.

From Brie to Stilton, Jarlsberg to Pecorino, and even Camembert thrown in too - here are 48 unbelievably easy, cheesy recipes using festive leftovers.

This is incredibly easy to make, as it uses melted cream cheese as the sauce base.

This simple pasta dish has a great combination of flavours and textures.

A great last-minute supper with a glass of chilled white wine and some warm crusty bread.

This speedy cherry tomato and goat&rsquos cheese tart is a family favourite.

Often overlooked with a supporting role at meal times, this recipe lets this delicious vegetable take centre stage.

Add a kick of flavour to your standard savoury cakes and try this triple-tested blue cheese potato cake recipe. Serve alongside meat and fish dishes.

A deliciously creamy veg combination.

Comfort food at its best, this moreish cheese and pasta dish is as much a favourite in Britain as it is in America.

Figs add a burst of freshness to this decadent gnocchi dish.

This quick and easy meat-free meal would make a great main for your dinner party.

Apricots, Parma ham and goats cheese are a delicious combination but replace the apricots with prunes if you prefer.

Slices of aubergine stuffed with goat's cheese and topped with crispy crumbs - a great starter or accompaniment.

This oven baked cheese and onion tart is a tasty treat.

Mushrooms, thyme and creamy goat's cheese make a delicious veggie filling for pasta.

A classic Italian recipe made even better with the addition of blue cheese.

This croque monsieur recipe will transport you to Paris with this French classic

Take a short cut with ready-made pastry for these speedy Mediterranean-style tarts.

A classic French dish, the combination of potatoes, bacon and cheese is too hard to resist!

If you prefer, scatter over crumbled goat's cheese rather than mozzarella.

Also known as Selsig Morgannwg, these are Welsh vegetarian sausages made with lots of cheese, onions and breadcrumbs. Excellent for breakfast or a leisurely brunch.

Ready-made pasta and sauces mean an easy assembly job is all that&rsquos needed for this fail-safe recipe.

Who says you need to spend ages to create the perfect risotto? This tasty makeshift version uses pre-cooked rice and cream cheese, and takes just a matter of minutes.

Impress with this delicious starter - Strata is likened to a savoury bread and butter pudding that can be prepared ahead. Served with a fresh tomato salad.

This filling cheese dish is a great meat-free supper.

Focusing on just a few ingredients allows their flavours to shine in this tempting pasta recipe

This speedy frittata recipe uses only five ingredients.

Omelettes are so versatile &ndash next time, why not replace the watercress and Gruyère with some smoked salmon pieces and a handful of peppery rocket?

A quick and easy tart &ndash use any pesto flavour you like. Add lardon cubes to the uncooked tart if you fancy a meaty addition.

A creamy, filling dish that can be on the table in 30 minutes.

This Cheesy Stuffed Mushroom is quick to make and works well as a side dish.

Frittatas are a great way of using up ends of cooked meats, herbs and cheeses left over in your fridge.

A bit of effort is required to make these oozy mushroom, kale and cheese pastries, but we promise that even the most hardened meat eaters will fall for their charms.

This classic party favourite is given a seasonal twist with the addition of port and Stilton cheese. Serve with chutney for a delicious dip.

Bubble and squeak is great for using up leftover cooked meats and these are truly delicious.

This ham and mustard bread and butter bake may sound a little odd, but it makes perfect sense once you take the first bite!

A naan is an ideal base, just waiting to be loaded up with your favourite toppings!

This baked gnocchi is a simple and delicious vegetarian recipe.

A quick and easy favourite using ready salted crisps as a topping.

This tasty risotto can be whipped up in just 15 minutes.

Rosti-like bakes are great for using up leftover cooked meat and vegetables, too.

Easy to throw together, this breakfast version of bread pudding is sure to be a hit with all the family.

These drool-worthy sandwiches by Well Plated are a perfect way to use up leftover brie.

Cheese + garlic + carbs, what more could you want? This easy recipe is by blogger Life's Ambrosia.

Food blogger A Cedar Spoon tops naan bread with creamy brie and a sweet cranberry sauce for a festive treat. Delicious!

Yep, you heard right - dessert pizza! This quirky creation by Super Golden Bakes is the perfect mix of sweet and savoury.

Cambozola is what makes this mac and cheese delightfully creamy and tasty. Christine from Ciao Veggie uses shaved pecorino too.

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The Christmas Tree Cheese Board is the perfect appetizer or compliment to any meal for the Christmas season! It looks like a Christmas tree but is much tastier! Made of assorted cheeses and grapes, this fun tree is not only pretty to look at but will feed a crowd! Are you entertaining this Christmas? Then you should think about making an Oh, Christmas Tree cheeseboard! Your guest will be delighted! I’ll show you how…

Let’s make an Oh, Christmas Tree Cheese Board!

I saw this amazing cheese board on Pinterest and had to make one for myself! You can see the original HERE.

  • 3 different kinds of cheese of different colors cut into triangle wedges ( I used 2 8oz blocks for each type of cheese)
  • green grapes
  • large red globe grapes
  • Rosemary and thyme
  • toothpicks
  • crackers

  1. I used a poster board covered in Carrara Marble contact paper as a base for the Christmas tree. Make a template for the tree out of parchment paper. This is important. Without a guide the tree might not turn out even. I used a quarter sheet pan size of parchment and folded it into a triangle.
  2. Start at the top of the tree. Arrange one color cheese wedges. I found that triangle wedges are easiest to arrange. Nestle them into one another following the outline of the parchment paper. Next, add a row of grapes. Snip the grapes into clusters of 3 to 6 grapes. arrange snugly up against the first layer of cheese.
  3. Continue alternating different colored cheese wedges and green and purple grapes. I attached 2 red grapes together with a toothpick and lined them up in a row and then added single red grapes on top of them. Keep snuggling one row against the next, making sure they are straight.

5. Continue layering the cheese and grape layers according to the image until the tree is complete.

6. Add the grape star topper. Choose a plump red grape for the center of the star. Put a toothpick through a green grape and stick the toothpick into the red grape as the image shows.

7. Garnish with thyme and rosemary. Add a celery stick for the trunk of the tree.

Serve with assorted crackers and mustards.

Wouldn’t this be the biggest hit at your next Christmas gathering?

Need another holiday appetizer idea? Why not try this gorgeous and fun PINECONE CHEESEBALL? It also has that WOW FACTOR and can I’m sharing three different cheeseball flavors you can make!

Jamie’s Christmas cheeseboard - Recipes

So you’ve decked the halls, trimmed the trees and strung up all of your Christmas lights, but did you forget about the food? Don’t miss an opportunity to “up” the festive factor this year by bringing some of that holiday cheer to your cheese board.

A few simple tricks (like busting out the cookie cutters and picking the proper produce) will make your cheese platter the prettiest, and tastiest thing on the grazing table this year!

General Rules of Cheese Board Planning

We won’t say it’s the worst thing you could do to your wallet this time of year (because let’s be honest, holiday gift shopping does some serious damage), but venturing into the grocery store without a plan for your cheese board is dangerous stuff.

To ensure that you don’t get carried away when picking through potential pairings, try to set general rules outlining the flavors, textures, shapes and colors you want on your Christmas cheese board. Here are some guidelines to get you started:

  • Always start with the cheeses. When planning your Festive Christmas cheese board, remember that the anchors of your platter will be, as the name “cheese board” implies – the cheese. Using a range of textures (soft to hard) and flavors (sharp to mild) will ensure that there’s a little something to please all your guests. What’s more, selecting different shapes of cheese (wheel, wedge or block) will make your cheese board look more interesting.
  • Pay a visit to the produce aisle. When in doubt, start with what’s in season. During the month of December, cranberries, pomegranates, clementines, pears and persimmons are just a few great options that you should be able to find fresh. But don’t feel stuck on seasonal ingredients either. Other year-round, popular cheese pairings include grapes, cherries and berries, which all fill space nicely and are easy to pluck off and eat.
  • Raid that pantry. Before you check out with the entirety of the produce aisle, remember that you don’t have to go with all fresh ingredients. In fact, mixing things up by incorporating jams and dried fruits (which you might even have on hand already) will make for a better overall spread.
  • Add meat…if you want. There doesn’t have to be meat on every cheese board, so don’t feel forced, but just a little charcuterie can go a long way. Generally speaking, one “whole-muscle cut” (such as prosciutto, bresaol, or jamón) and one “cured sausage” (such as salami, pepperoni or Spanish chorizo) will give you a good balance.
  • Don’t forget the carbs. No cheese board is complete without crackers, bread or toasts of some sort. Get a couple with different textures for added interest.
  • Give them some salt. Make sure your guests also have the option to grab a handful of something salty from your cheese board. Olives or mixed nuts are two popular crowd-pleaser’s.

Holiday Touches for Your Cheese Board

Small festive touches can make all the difference between an everyday platter and an impressive, Instagram-worthy spread. However, like too much tinsel on a Christmas tree, it’s easy to go from “gorgeous” to “gaudy” when you over-decorate your cheese board. Here are some tips to strike the perfect balance.

  • Stay on a color scheme. Normally, it’s great to go wild with color, but to give your cheese board a merry feel, try to stick with colors commonly associated with the holiday, in this case Christmas: various shades of red, green, and white.
  • Make use of your cookie cutters. Press a snowflake cookie cutter gently and shallowly into the center of a cold wheel of brie and lift out or use a knife to remove a thin layer. Then, spread jam in the indented area to create a colorful snowflake design. Cookie cutters can also be used to cut shapes out of slices of cheese, which make for fun details with which to decorate you finished board. Snowflakes, reindeer, Christmas trees, snowmen, and mittens work especially well.
  • Decorate with mini cheese balls. Mixing the scraps from your cheese cutouts with cream cheese and seasonings creates a great cheese ball base, which you can then divide and roll in herbs, dried cranberries, and chopped nuts. The single-serving cheese balls will jazz up your cheese board like ornaments would a tree.

Putting It All Together

Follow this walk-through to a T if you want your cheese board to look exactly like ours or use it as a rough template to customize it how you want as you go.


Soft cheeses

Semi-hard cheeses

For the mini cheese balls:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 bunches chives, chopped, divided
  • 1 handful fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 2 cups mixed seasoned nuts, divided

Fresh fruits


To begin, gather your olive wood boards. (We used one 19.5” board and one 12” board.)

Prepare the Cheeses

Place the brie wheel in the freezer. Meanwhile, stack half of the cheddar cheese slices and cut into even quarters to form small rectangles. Set aside. Use seasonal cookie cutters (like these snowflake cookie cutters) to cut shapes from the remaining slices of cheddar. Place any scraps in the bowl of a food processor.

Add the softened cream cheese, lemon juice, garlic powder and hot sauce to the food processor. Cover and process until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of chives and pulse to combine. Add salt and pepper and adjust the seasonings to taste. Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator until firmed up slightly, about 15 minutes.

Slice the semi-hard cheese into triangles and then cut off the bottom halves, creating two shapes: trapezoids with the rind attached and small, thin triangles. Set aside with the cheddar.

Remove the brie from the freezer. Press a cookie cutter slightly into the center of the top of the brie and use a butter knife to gently remove the portion of brie inside of the cookie cutter to create a cut-out snowflake.

Fill the Large Board

Place the brie on the larger cheese board, toward the center.

Place half of the mixed nuts in a small bowl and place at the bottom of the large board. Finely chop the remaining nuts.

Using gloves or wet hands, form the refrigerated cream cheese mixture into small balls. Roll a third of them in the chopped nuts until covered. Roll another third of the cheese balls in the chopped cranberries. Roll the last third of the cheese balls in a mixture of the chopped parsley and the remaining chives. Set aside.

Position the white cheddar rectangles on the large board in an overlapping, S-shaped pattern surrounding the brie and the bowl of nuts. Top with another S-shaped, overlapping pattern of the semi-hard cheese trapezoids.

Fold the prosciutto slices in half, longways, and then roll up to create flower-like shapes. Fill the open area to the left of the bowl of nuts with the prosciutto, reserving some prosciutto for the top. Fill the area to the right of the bowl of nuts with the grapes. Use the mini cheese balls to fill any large gaps on the bottom half of the large board.

Pour the honey into a small bowl and place at the top of the board, just above the sliced cheeses. Fill the space on the left with cherries. Place the remaining prosciutto directly to the right of the cherries. Fill in any remaining open spaces with additional cheese balls. The large board should now be full and awaiting final touches.

Fill the Small Board

Place the mini toasts in an overlapping, slightly arched line that travels down the center of the small board. Do the same with the sausage slices to the left of the mini toasts. Fill the area to the left of the sausage slices with the fruit and nut crackers.

Place the remaining cheese balls in a line above the mini toasts. Then, stack and slightly fan out the small semi-hard triangles in a line above the cheese balls, at the top of the small board.

The Finishing Touches

Use any additional cheese cut outs or triangles to decorate around the nut bowl. Decorate with the white cheddar cutouts.

Spoon a small amount of jam into the cut-out snowflake in the brie. Use a butter knife or toothpick to gently guide the jam towards the edges, making sure to fill in all of the details. Add more jam as necessary, a bit at a time, making careful not to overfill.

The Big Board

Friends, The Big Board is here! Yes, I’ve partnered with JK Adams, the premier woodmaking company in Vermont, with my own line of RE boards!

  • 20-inch
  • 26-inch
  • 12 x 36 inch
  • A board with a lip (or raised edged) so the food doesn’t fall off
  • Made in the USA
  • Undercut handles (a unique design)

Thank you for your support, as we’ve sold out so many times already!

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