Cheese boards are the perfect dinner. You may think that is our opinion (and, sure, it is), but it is also a scientific fact. They take way less time to whip up than most of your favorite recipes, plus are a beautiful, protein-heavy meal.
They are also highly Instagrammable, especially when you’re using small-batch cheese and handcrafted accessories. We’ve scoured the internet and found the best boards, knives, and more. Here’s what you need to build the cheese board of your dreams.
It’s hard to beat a wooden cheese board. It’s a classic look, but still so modern. The Acacia Wood Cheese Board takes that timeless aesthetic and gives it a bit of an update—the stainless steel accent handles are both beautiful and functional. Your Brie, Gouda, Stilton, and more will look stunning on this board.
Your cheese board, of course, will need some knives. We love the Gold Plated Cheese Knife Set for a bit of glamor on the board. There’s a cleaver for hard cheeses like Gruyere, a perforated blade for soft cheeses like Camembert and a fork-tipped spear knife for breaking apart the crumbly ones like Parmigiano Reggiano. For a straightforward and gorgeous set, go for the gold. One reviewer raves, “I am so thrilled. They make my cheeseboards shine, LITERALLY, and I get so many compliments on them!”
Much like fine wine, fine cheese requires a special set of conditions for optimal storage. The Cheese Grotto is famous among cheesemongers for essentially creating a tiny cheese cave atop your counter or inside your fridge. Thanks to its birch and bamboo construction, plus a humidity-retaining clay brick, The Cheese Grotto will keep your cheese good for 3 x longer than your fridge ever could. A great cheese board requires great cheese and you won’t find cheese any better than favorites stored in The Cheese Grotto.
If your kitchen is full of timeless, iconic tools and appliances, you’ll need the Laguiole Cheese Knife 3-Piece Set. Known as the finest knives in the world, these handcrafted French stainless steel treasures each come with a black acrylic handle and are nestled in a lovely wooden box. If you want to subtly broadcast your impeccable taste, go for the Laguiole.
If you’ve ever tried to slice an oozy piece of Brie, Camembert, Brillat Savarin, or Epoisses, you’ve probably wondered how cheesemongers manage such clean cuts. Tools like the Marble and Acacia Cheese Slicer are how! Even the ooziest or most crumbly cheeses cut cleanly when you reduce friction, and a wire slicer is the easiest way to do that. It’s beautiful, with its marble and acacia wood craftsmanship, functional in its design, plus dishwasher-safe. And, on the off chance that your cheese puts up a fight, it even comes with a replacement wire. Trust us, you need this in your life—it even makes slicing pieces for something as simple as grilled cheese a breeze.