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How to Create the Perfect Trader Joe’s Thanksgiving Cheese Board

With the holidays coming up, things can get hectic. Not all of us have the time or skill to cook up a turkey to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, but there is nothing worse than showing up empty handed. Instead of rushing to the store and trying to pass off that very obviously store bought pie as your own, impress your family with a homemade cheese board!

Cheese

Your cheeses should be central to your board- it is a cheese board, after all. Try to pick cheeses with a variety of textures and flavors. I personally am a big fan of goat cheese, so I picked out this Cranberry Chѐvre Goat Cheese to bring in some extra thanksgiving flavors. I also loved the idea of this Italian truffle cheese and this Saint André Triple Crème Brie for fall. As you are picking out your cheeses make sure you choose flavors that you can carry out through your board.

Crackers

Crackers are the perfect way to bring texture and flavor to your board. I try to have at least two different types of crackers. When choosing your crackers it is important to keep in mind the cheeses you have picked out, so your crackers can complement their flavors. I found that these Fig and Olive Crisps would go perfectly with the brie. For a more neutral cracker to pair with your other cheeses, go for these Cauliflower Crisps.

fruit and nuts

I like to add fruit that complements the cheeses that I have picked. Adding cranberries to your board will add some color to your board while also pairing with the cranberry goat cheese. As for the nuts, these Olive & Herbs Mixed Nuts would be the perfect addition to tie in all of the flavors on your board.

meats

When adding meat to my boards, I like to be as diverse as possible, so I picked out this Spicy Uncured Charcuterie Selection. I also picked out this Truffle Salami in order to match the truffle flavor from the Italian Truffle Cheese. 

miscellaneous

This is where you can get creative and really tie in all of your flavors. There are no rules to what you put on your board, so add whatever you want here! You can add anything from bread to honey to candy! I would add some fig preserves to go with the brie, as well as some kalamata olives to pair with the Italian Truffle Cheese. Bonus points if you top your board off with some fresh rosemary for some extra color and flavor! 

There is no need to stress over what to bring to Thanksgiving! Head out to your nearest Trader Joes to create the easiest and trendiest contribution to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner!

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Jenna Marandola

South Carolina '24

Jenna is currently a sophomore at the University of South Carolina and is majoring in mass communications. She is a foodie and wants to travel anywhere and everywhere. She loves cooking and is always down for a trip to the beach.
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