When I lived in Chicago, we would spend every Christmas Eve of my childhood at my grandma and grandpa's house. Booda cooked an amazing Christmas Eve dinner, with her perfectly decorated table, festive centerpiece, napkin holders, name tags and all. It was truly fancy. We had to dress up and mind our manners the entire evening.
Keeping in tune with the fanciness, while we waited for dinner we were served appetizers on a cheeseboard in the living room around the Christmas tree. Cheese and crackers were Booda's main go to for basically any occasion. Whenever I went to her house, which was dry (as far as desserts go), she would always fix me cheese and crackers. On this specific night, it was jazzed up a bit more with brie, grapes, apples, and served on a fancy board with a pretty little cheese knife. It was simple, but oh so delicious!
A holiday cheeseboard is something that is really easy to make. All you need is cheese, crackers and fruit - of any variety! Booda always had two kinds of cheese - Brie and a simple cheese like Colby Jack or Cheddar. She also always had Wheat Thins and Ritz crackers. I have since found organic versions of these crackers and they are truly amazing and really take me back. You can mix it up however you like, and there is no wrong way to make a cheeseboard! I've added Sugared Cranberries to mine this year, which is something Booda never had but would have absolutely loved. This cheeseboard recipe reminds me of Christmas Eve as a child. This simple snack is so delicious and so nostalgic and this little board is perfect for Delaney and me. Get the recipe below for my Holiday Cheeseboard.
Tips for making the best Nostalgic Holiday Cheeseboard
Use a board that you'll fill up completely. If your board is too big and you don't have enough snacks it can look lackluster.
You can add anything you want to this board! Try pretzels, grapes, strawberries or anything else that sparks your interest. This is a fun and easy recipe to change up with whatever you have in your fridge.
You can prep this ahead of time, by setting up everything (except the crackers) and storing it covered in the fridge. Add the crackers right before serving (this is so they retain their crunch).
Nostalgic Holiday Cheeseboard
Serves 2 to 4
Organic white cheddar cheese
Organic butter crackers
Organic wheat thin crackers
Organic apple or grapes
Make the Sugared Cranberries ahead of time, this can be done as many as five days ahead. Place in a small bowl and add to the board.
Slice the cheddar cheese and arrange on board. Add the wedge of Brie, two piles of crackers, and apple or grapes.
Serve and enjoy! Refill when empty :)
Gluten Free - Use gluten free crackers.
High Altitude - Follow the recipe as noted.
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