Clevelander Chef Michael Symon's perfect cheeseboard

Ingredients for 4-6 servings

Ingredients for marinated olives:

  • 1 ½ cups mixed olives such as Castelvetrano and Kalamata
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1-2 sprigs thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1, 2-inch piece of lemon peel
  • 1, 2-inch piece of orange peel


For the marinated olives:

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse. This can also be done a day ahead of time; simply allow the marinated olives to come to room temperature before serving.

To assemble the cheeseboard:

Place the cheeses at opposing ends of the board. Fill in the spaces with a nice bunch of radishes, with the butter and flaky salt near by. Add assorted crackers and focaccia, as well as the marinated olives. This is a savory cheeseboard, but feel free to add your favorite dried and fresh fruits, such as dried tart cherries or fresh figs.

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