Keep your football parties delicious this fall with a platter piled high with sweet and salty snacks. Fans of all ages will enjoy this Tailgate Cheese Board!
Everybody seems to have their own tailgating traditions, but I think we can all agree that cheese is a must, along with a variety of sweet and salty nibbles.
Presentation varies, depending on the tailgate host – I’ve seen it all, from cheese on paper plates with random open bags of chips to those super-coordinated parties where everything is on matching team spirit platters and serving dishes (I’ve even seen fancy smoked salmon platters set up by caterers!).
I like to take an approach somewhere in the middle, by corralling a few kinds of cheese and some other snackies on a nice board. Plastic trays in team colors aren’t really my style, but I found some fun little decorative toothpicks to keep it festive.
Tips for making your Tailgate Cheese Board a success:
- Depending on what part of the country you are in, you may need to be mindful of food safety and outside temperature for those first few games. I keep away from creamy dips and condiments, because those can become dangerous when left in the sun. You obviously can’t have a cheese board without cheese, but I do recommend keeping your board and portions on the smaller side, and replenishing as needed, vs. putting out a massive amount of cheese early on and having it sit too long.
- Honestly, a tailgate is NOT the time to try to wow people with terrines or pickled figs. I LOVE those things, and they have their time and place. But at a tailgate, people just want some classic snacks that they recognize right away. Keep it simple and undeniably delicious for fans of all ages.
- The same goes for cheese selection. I love a good triple creme brie or wedge of Gorgonzola, but a tailgate cheese board is really all about simple, great cheeses that can be eaten with fingers or toothpicks (no knives or spreaders needed!).
- For this particular Tailgate Cheese Board, I went with some cubes of white cheddar, and Great Midwest Gouda cheese snacks. These little bites are handcrafted by Wisconsin cheesemakers and individually wrapped, making them perfect for a tailgate, or a snack on the go!
- Great Midwest Gouda cheese snacks
- White cheddar cheese, cubed
- Candy-coated chocolates
- Cinnamon roasted almonds
- Corn chips
- Mini smoked sausages or cocktail wienies, warmed with barbecue sauce
- Arrange all ingredients on board or platter; serve immediately.
More great cheese board ideas:
- Breakfast Charcuterie Board – wake up to a great spread!
- Winter Cheese Board with German Beer Cheese Fondue – keep warm with this one when it’s chilly.
- Autumn Cheese Board with Ginger Pickled Figs – wonderful served with wine!
- Cheese Board for Beer – this might give you more ideas for tailgating, too!
- Summer Cheese & Charcuterie Board with Spicy Peach Chutney – eat this as “dinner” if you want!
- Halloween Party Food – not quite a cheese board, but you can’t miss this one for Halloween!
- Valentine’s Day Snacks – it’s all heart-shaped, of course.
- Asian-Inspired Cheese Board by FoodieCrush
- Loaded Thanksgiving Cheese Board by Cafe Delites
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