Building a Cheese Plate
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Keep it simple; three to four selections of cheeses work for nearly any occasion. Choose cheeses that contrast in taste and texture; balance the sweet with the pungent, the firm with the creamy. Plan on two ounces per person.
Bread or Crackers?
Serve both bread and crackers – different textures enhance the experience. Some favorites are crostini crackers, water crackers and the baguette.
Additions like olives, roasted nuts and marinated vegetables are key. Two quick and easy options:
- Kalamata olives are a simple addition that bring a big flavor. Drain the brine and add spices like chili flakes.
- Known for their sweetness and soft texture, Spanish Marcona Almonds work for every cheese plate. Try tossing with a bit of oil and salt before serving.
The sweetness in fruit complements the saltiness of cheese. Create a colorful display with sliced apples, pears and figs. Preserves, fig spread or cranberry chutney are welcome accompaniments too.
Unwrap the cheeses and arrange on a platter (or wooden cutting board, slab of natural stone, ect) at least an hour before serving.
Top 5 Tips
- Something old, something new, something goat, something blue. Mix it up! Offer a selection of different styles of products, milks and looks.
- Just breathe. Letting cheeses "breathe" for an hour before serving enhances the flavors. They should be served at room temperature.
- Hello, my name is… Label each cheese so your guests know what they’re enjoying.
- It’s alive! Cheese is alive, so purchasing a day or two prior to your event is essential for the success of your cheese plate.
- Fromage friends. Befriend your local cheese monger. They can give you the skinny on what’s ripe and best to eat now.