French Cheese Board

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I mean… you must have known this one was coming. The French are undoubtedly, the CHEESE MASTERS.

In France, you can simply pick up a baguette, a few slices of cheese, walking the streets of Paris and feel like you’ve just had a Michelin star experience.

So let’s try and recreate that feeling at home…

french cheese board
cheese board with brie

Let’s start with the cheese! When it comes to French fromage, there’s no shortage of options. I went to a few local grocery cheese sections (Trader Joe’s, Ralph’s, Whole Foods) to give you a lay of the land. See below for in-store photos.

  • hard cheese: I used Comté & Mimolette. Other options are a Beaufort or a French Gruyere (traditionally a Swiss Cheese)
  • soft cheese: I used Camembert and Saint André. You can also use Brie (similar to Camembert but less robust), Port Salut or Munster.
  • semi-soft cheese I used Morbier & P’tit Basque. Morbier is a semi-soft cows’ milk cheese; it’s ivory colored, soft and slightly elastic, and is immediately recognizable by the distinctive thin black layer separating it horizontally in the middle. P’tit Basque is made with pasteurized sheep’s milk and is aged 70 days.
  • stinky blue: Add in a classic french blue like Roquefort. This is easily becoming my favorite blue.
  • tangy goat cheese. I used a classic chévre log and topped it with two lavender sprigs, you could also top it with yummy fig preserves to balance out the fresh, tangy nature of the cheese.
french cheese board ideas

Now when it comes to carbs, the french don’t mess around to much with crackers… break out the baguette and enjoy it with all the yummy cheeses.

french cheese board recipe

In general, the French are purists. A baguette and cheese is really all you need. But, because I like to have plenty of color and dimension on my boards, I’m all about adding seasonal fruit and accoutrement. Here are my favorites to make it a particularly French cheese plate:

  • French Cornichons– these are the tiny pickles I use on just about every one of my cheese plates. They’re tart, crunchy and a perfect compliment to cheeses. They’re small (about the size your pinky finger) and have a bumpy exterior.
  • Radishes, French Butter & Sea Salt– I’ll be honest, I don’t really like radishes. That is, until they are dipped in creamy french butter and topped with salt. I really had no idea what I was missing until I tried this quintessential French starter. Even better, take a slice of that baguette and add the butter, salt & radish slices. YUM
  • Lavender– the perfect garnish to evoke french countryside vibes. I used on top of the chèvre, but a lavender honey would also be a perfect compliment to this board.
french cheese

And here are some labels to help:

mimolette cheese board

Here’s some pics of cheeses I found at both Trader Joe’s and Ralph’s. My Ralph’s has a nice cheese & deli section with a good selection.

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French Cheese Board

5 from 5 votes

Description

Ingredients
  

Cheese

  • Morbier
  • P'tit Basque
  • Saint-André
  • Roquefort
  • Camembert or Brie
  • Mimolette
  • Chévre
  • Comté

Meat

  • Salami
  • Sausage

Carbs

  • French Bread

Produce

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Dried Persimmons
  • Radishes
  • Red Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Cherries

Accoutrements

  • Marcona Almonds
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Salt
  • French-Style Butter
  • Honey
  • Cornichons
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9 Comments

  1. Meaghan wrote:

    5 stars
    This board is beautiful!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  2. Mackenzie wrote:

    5 stars
    Pretty sure this is what Charcuterie dreams are made of! 10/10!!!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  3. Yoojin Hong wrote:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this French board! Will have to figure out how to make this into single serving sizes for a French-themed Zoom party!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  4. Anne_ofall_Arts wrote:

    5 stars
    Omg… of course the French board would be TO DIE FOR! Def need to make a one person version for a virtual wine and cheese night!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  5. Robbin wrote:

    This is stunning. Channeling all of the French vibes!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  6. Robyn wrote:

    Do you have any dairy free cheese recommendations? I want to make a board so bad but I’m severely lactose intolerant. I’ve googled it but I want a personal recommendation on which to avoid or to get. Thanks.

    Posted 12.7.20 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      I do. I have a plant-based board on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CEprD3bBNXx/?igshid=1w0r1t2amaawp. I personally love Miyokos creamery for cheeses. Treeline is also good. And I know people that like Violife. For dips, I LOVE Good Foods brand. Let me know what you think.

      Posted 12.7.20 Reply
  7. Tiffany Wu wrote:

    5 stars
    I discovered mimolette cheese through this board and it is now my favorite cheese!! Live your content 🙂

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply