Entertaining

How to Assemble the Perfect Cheese Plate

10.07.15

With the holidays and entertaining season creeping up on us, we’ve got the perfect solution for appetizing guests. With a few easy tips, you’ll be one your way to serving an award winning cheese platter.

 

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APPEAL TO EVERYONE’S TASTE

I usually recommend about 4 cheese selections for a plate of this size. It is important to make sure to appeal to everyone’s taste. Here are a list of cheese that are always crowd pleasers:

  1. Aged: Cheddar, Dubliner, Gruyere, and Gouda
  2. Soft: Brie. Camembert, and Brillat-Savarin
  3. Firm: Manchego, Asiago, and Parmigiano-Reggiano
  4. Blue: Gorgonzola and Roquefort

MIX TEXTURES

Go for a soft and creamy cheese such as Brie and a firmer cheese such as a cheddar or Gouda. The different textures gives depth and livens up your display.

GARNISH WITH SOMETHING SWEET

Always accessorize your plate! A well curated plate should always have a little something sweet to compliment the saltiness of the cheese.  You can use fresh fruit like I did with the grapes or add assorted dry fruit like apricots or figs. It is the perfect finishing touch!

PAIR WITH CURED MEATS

Cured meats bring some color to your plate and adds some variety of flavor. I usually stick with Prosciutto di Parma, Hot Sopressatta, Sweet Coppa, or Genoa Saleme.

Add Some Crunch

The ultimate cheese plate is not complete until you have the perfect vehicle to compliment the assorted cheeses. Nothing beats a fresh, crusty baguette for those softer, creamy cheeses. But it is also great to have options. The classic water cracker is perfect for letting the cheese be the star and some herb varieties are great for texture and different flavors.

CHIC PLATTER AND KNIVES

I’m loving marble cheese boards at the moment. With a naturally cool surface, it keeps your cheese and fruit fresh for hours. I sometimes place the board in the refrigerator for a few minutes before serving to really keep things cool. You can also be traditional with wooden cheese boards or get creative with slate slabs or even ceramic and glass cake platters. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

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