Don't have mad cheddar? Here are Cheese Gal's tips for making charcuterie boards on a budget

Professional charcuterie creator Cortney LeCorte offers five ways to make eye-catching boards without blowing the bank

Brad Schmitt
Nashville Tennessean

The least expensive cheeseboard from Nashville's Cheese Gal is $100 for a small, which serves two to four people.

But Cheese Gal, a.k.a. Cortney LaCorte, understands that not everyone has that kinda cheddar. So she offers these five tips for boards on a budget:

► Aged cheddar is your best friend, LaCorte said. It has a strong flavor that everyone seems to love — and you can get it for a reasonable $7 a pound. Trader Joe's offers reasonably priced cheeses in smaller amounts. Whatever you do, LaCorte urges, don't use cheap processed cheese. Ever.

Fresh fruit and nuts for a charcuterie board sit on the counter of the Cheese Gal on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

► Think small amounts. Of everything. Little quantities of yummy meats go a long way.

► Since you're buying small amounts, pick meats that pack a bunch. Like a yummy salami, LaCorte said.

► Fresh fruit is cheap and is really pretty. Think red and green grapes, strawberries and blueberries.

► Use a sprig or two of fresh herbs — like rosemary, cilantro or thyme — to add an elegant (and cheap) touch to your board.

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