When entertaining guests in the summer, there’s nothing better (or easier) than grabbing your biggest cutting board and filling it with cheese, meats, bread, crackers, summer fruits, and more! Today, I’m going to show you how I set up my Ultimate Summer Cheese Board and share the recipes for two homemade mustard-based sauces I created for dipping.
This post is sponsored by French’s Classic Yellow Mustard. As always, all opinions are my own.
Although it’s felt like summer for a while now, it was only last week when the season officially began. The June start date always feels a little late to me, but maybe that just means the season will last a little longer. A guy can hope!
This summer I’ve teamed up with French’s to tell you about unique ways I serve up their Classic Yellow Mustard. Of course, it’s great on hamburgers and hot dogs, but you can use it for so much more. Last week, I made these incredible Pulled Pork Sliders with Sweet Mustard Marinade. This week’s recipe is my Ultimate Summer Cheese Board with two delectable mustard dipping sauces.
Before we get to the mustard recipes, let’s talk about the cheese board. Although I’m certain you’ve seen many “rules” for doing cheese boards, my process is a bit simpler: Fill it with things you love.
Yep. That’s it.
I have a few tips and suggestions I’ll share here, but at the end of the day, it’s all about building up a big board of flavorful things you and your guests want to eat. Do it your way to create something unique that no one can resist.
For something truly wow-worthy, I recommend starting with an oversized wood cutting board. Next, add a couple different levels to create visual interest and height. This will make your cheese board feel grand. (I accomplished this with a marble cheese board and a cake stand.)
Now you’re ready to fill up your board. To make things easier, start with your larger feature items like the cheese and meat and build from there.
Also, instead of spreading things out evenly across the whole board, I recommend placing like items together. This simply means putting all of one type of cheese in one area, one type of meat in another area, and so on. You can be orderly or just pile things on more naturally.
When selecting cheese, I like to include both fancy kinds of cheese and well-known ones. Unless everyone at your party is a cheese connoisseur, it’s nice to mix things up to suit everyone’s taste.
With the main things in place, I filled in with different breads, pita, crackers, and pretzels. I also tucked in a few piles of nuts and small dishes of olives and Peppadew peppers. Mmm!
Since it’s summer, I added seasonal color and flavor with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and grapes. It’s looking beautiful already, right? Give me a bottle of wine, and I could make a meal out of this for a week.
To finish off this cheese board, I decided to make two dipping sauces using French’s Classic Yellow Mustard as a base.
The first is Maple Mustard, and boy is it easy. Just whisk together equal parts French’s Classic Yellow Mustard and pure maple syrup. (And by pure maple syrup, I do mean the good stuff. It makes a big difference.)
That’s it. The smooth, tangy mustard blends beautifully with the sweet syrup. And it pairs so nicely with the cheese.
Secondly, I decided to make a mustard dip with a nod to the season: Summer Berry Mustard. This one is simple as well. All you do is whisk together French’s Classic Yellow, strawberry jam, raspberry jam, honey, and mustard seeds.
Again, the tanginess of the mustard nicely complements the sweetness of the jam. I also love the mustard seeds in this recipe. They add visual interest and a subtle crunch.
With those two additions, my Ultimate Summer Cheese Board was ready. To see how all of it came together, check out the short video below.
VIDEO: Ultimate Summer Cheese Board
I hope you’re planning to assemble your own big summer cheese platter. Remember to just have fun with it and use what you love. I’m confident you and your guests will enjoy it!
- 1 cup French's Classic Yellow Mustard
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup French's Classic Yellow Mustard
- 1/2 cup strawberry jam
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
Add the ingredients to a bowl. Whisk to combine.
Store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.