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Got a houseful of hungry holiday guests but dinner’s nowhere near ready? Please with cheese. A charcuterie board is an eat-at-your-leisure crowd favorite—but can be intimidating to put together. No more! We scoured the city for the finest fromage and worthy accompaniments to assemble the ultimate local board.

Mains

Start with a variety of cheese types, textures, and milk sources. Add a few meats and a simple, straightforward bread that won’t overpower the other flavors.

Soft Cheese
Mozzarella Company’s Hoja Santa goat cheese gets its unique flavoring in part from the leaves it is wrapped in.

Semi-firm Cheese
Molto Formaggio’s Ubriaco Rosso is soaked in red wine to achieve its dramatic purple rind and berry notes.

Aged Cheese
Aged for two years, the Fromagerie L’Amuse gouda at Scardello has caramel notes and a crystal-like texture.

Blue Cheese
Produced in Oregon and carried locally at Scardello, Rogue River Blue cheese has an earthy sweetness.

Bread
Empire Baking Company’s crusty French baguette makes the perfect base.

Charcuterie
Jimmy’s Food Store sells salami, prosciutto, bresaola, and more by the slice.

Accompaniments

Mix it up with something sweet, something savory, and something with a crunch.

Fruit
Dallas Farmers Market teems with fresh, flavorful fruit for a naturally sweet complement.

Olives and Gherkins
Stock up on a selection at Whole Foods’ by-the-pound antipasto bar.

Nuts
Kessler Baking Studio’s sweet and spicy pecans pack a punch.

Spreads

For an added layer of flavor.

Chutney
Pick up a jar of Cheese & Chutney’s housemade chutney, produced weekly in the Oak Cliff shop.

Honey
We’re partial to the buckwheat and orange blossom varieties sold at SET & Co.

Or leave it to the pros.

Dallas dot-com Fig + Goat curates seasonal cheese-and-meat boards serving six to 20 people. Best of all? They deliver right to your door for entertaining made easy. Keep the board for a fee or leave it on your porch for pickup the next morning. Orders must be placed five days in advance.

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