How to build the perfect cheese board, according to an expert

From cheeses to charcuterie and nuts to fruits, find your perfect pairing.
/ Source: TODAY
By Elizabeth Chubbuck

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In honor of National Cheese Lover's Day, Elizabeth Chubbuck of Murray's Cheese is joining TODAY to share her expert tips, curated combinations, perfect pairings and top cheese choices to make the best cheese board for any occasion.

Mild to Wild Board

When tasting cheese, the best advice is to start with the mildest-tasting cheese and end with the strongest — or wildest — tasting cheese. This typically also follows the logic of softest to hardest cheeses on a board, with the exception being blues, which you always taste last because they tend to be quite strong.

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Black Slate Board

Cheese really pops visually on a black slate board. An added bonus: You can use chalk to write cheese names on the slate!

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Ceramic Cheese Labels

Ceramic cheese labels are a unique and thoughtful gift for any cheese lover. They are fun, reusable, eye-catching and will be an easy win for any party with cheese on the table!

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What Grows Together, Goes Together

If they come from the same region, they go together. For example, in Italy, the prosciutto pigs eat Parmigiano-Reggiano whey (the byproduct of cheese-making); the two foods were made to be eaten together.

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Opposites Attract

Dark chocolate and blue cheese are actually a common pairing. The rich, dark chocolate cuts the strong flavors of the cheese and complements the buttery texture.

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Snacking-with-the-Family Board

Honestly, I love this combination so much that I don't even need a cracker to eat it on! The two of these together are the perfect mashup between cherry cheesecake and super buttery toast with cherry jam. What's not to love?

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