Anything-Goes Breakfast Cheese Board

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A free form Anything-Goes Breakfast Cheese Board recipe designed to outline what a breakfast cheese board could look like in your house. Take the recipe as a basic guideline and experiment with ingredients you have on hand!

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Today I am bringing you a beyond simple recipe for an ‘Anything-Goes Breakfast Cheese Board’. As you can probably tell, it’s cookbook season! I was going to hold off on sharing another cookbook recipe for a few weeks but this one just fit so well into Mother’s Day that I really wanted to share it with you before Sunday in hopes you might make a board of your own for your special lady.

My mother actually came down this past weekend (since this coming weekend is graduation at Indiana University which makes it pretty much impossible to do anything in Bloomington with the influx of tens of thousands of parents that flock into town) and helped me with my garden. I’m super pumped about the garden this year because Wyatt built some really nice looking raised beds and we are going to focus on less (just tomatoes and herbs) but give those fewer things more attention. I’ll make sure to post process pictures over on instagram as the season progresses!

Okay, so this breakfast board. It’s probably my favorite thing I’ve made in a long time. I’m not into big meals and prefer to eat a little of this or that which is exactly what this boards gets you to do. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover jams, bread, crackers, herbs, cheeses, and fruit (clean out that fridge) and make a whole meal out of them! Just make sure you have a few hard boiled eggs (to keep with the breakfast theme) and a variety of cheeses and the rest can totally be made up of whatever you prefer!

This recipe is adapted from Leela Cyd’s newest book, Food with Friends. It’s a dazzling piece of work with so many inspiring recipes that will get you excited about hosting again. I personally am always looking for an excuse to host more often and this book was just the inspiration I needed. It’s filled with not only show stopping recipes to delight guests but also tips on how to set a stylish table.

Anything-Goes Breakfast Cheese Board recipe below:

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Anything-Goes Breakfast Board
Adapted from Leela Cyd's Food with Friends // A free form recipe designed to outline what a breakfast cheese board could look like in your house. Take the recipe as a basic guideline and experiment with ingredients you have on hand!
Course: starter
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 2 servings
  • 1 baguette , sliced
  • 1 cup crackers or breaadsticks
  • 1 semihard salty cheese (ex: Gruyere, Comte, etc), cut into 8 large spears 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 large slices of your favorite cheddar cheese
  • 1 soft cheese (ex. goat, brie, cream cheese, etc)
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives
  • 2 types of jams (I used raspberry and peach), 2 Tablespoons each
  • 2 large hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup seasonal fruit
  • Freshly ground black pepper and sea salt
  • Microgreens , herbs, or edible flowers, for garnish
  1. Pick out your two prettiest cheese boards, platters, or cutting boards.
  2. Divide the bread and cheeses between the platters.
  3. Place jams, olives, and granola into little bowls or shot glasses and arrange on boards.
  4. Nestle the eggs and fruit anywhere on the platter that looks pretty and appetizing.
  5. Finish with sprinkling edible flowers, microgreens, or herbs into any open areas on the board.
  6. Serve right away with butter knives and napkins.

Styling & photography notes: Cheese board: Target / Small mushroom color fluted bowls: Kate Lewis Made / Small speckles bowl and salt dish: Marite Acosta / Photos shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and edited with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.

Cheese Board Ideas


*DISCLAIMER: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.



  • Considering The Radish
    May 3, 2016

    Cheese plates are one of my favorite dinners, and now I’m kind of mad at myself for not having come up with cheese boards for breakfast. I can’t wait to do this the next time we have company for breakfast.

  • Katrina
    May 3, 2016

    It might seem simple but man, I would NEVER think to do a breakfast spread like this – totally gorgeous and unique!! xo

    • Shellywest
      May 5, 2016

      Isn’t that funny how we are so focused on coming up with complicated recipes that we sometimes miss the simple ideas? Happens to me all the time!

  • Sarah | Snixy Kitchen
    May 4, 2016

    I so wish we had time to get the raised beds in for a garden this year! We were lucky enough to get most of the weeds pulled in the yard. Next year will be the year of the tomato for us, though. I love every single item on this cheese board and I really hope this little baby can put it together to serve me breakfast in bed on Sunday…it’s possible, right?

    • Shellywest
      Sarah | Snixy Kitchen
      May 5, 2016

      I’ll bring you some tomatoes from the raised beds in July since I can imagine you are busy over there! I bet the baby has loads planned for Sunday 😉

  • Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    May 4, 2016

    This is exactly the kind of meal everyone should start their day with.

    • Shellywest
      Ksenia @ At the Immigrant’s Table
      May 5, 2016

      Agreed! It feels like you are spoiling yourself with the huge spread but it’s so simple to pull together.

  • I'd Eat That -
    May 6, 2016

    […] Anything Goes Breakfast Cheeseboard–I have a passion for cheeseboards, as in I love making them and then eating them, and this one looks amazing. Side note, I asked that we have an epic cheeseboard feast for Mother’s Day this weekend, I’ll be snapping about it I’m sure! […]

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