How to Create the Perfect Cheese Platter

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I’m a lover of all things cheese. That’s why a cheese platter is one of the first things I offer to bring to a party. There are so many varieties of cheese that I’ll admit it can be a bit overwhelming. I made a simple guide to help you pick the right cheeses and create the perfect cheese platter for your next party.

Picking a variety of cheeses is essential to a great cheese platter. Three to four different types of cheese is good to go by. Then it’s all about the added extras to create flavor and texture on your platter. Fresh fruits like figs, grapes and apples are some of my favorites, but pears and dried cherries are great this time of year too. I also like to have honey or preserves to add a little sweetness, some nuts like Marcona almonds for crunch, and olives and cured meats for a savory bite. Then end it all with a nice variety of crackers and/or sliced crusty bread like a fresh baguette.

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To start your perfect cheese platter, pick one from each cheese group (there are a lot of options, but these are some of my favorites). Picking cheeses from different animals, like goat, cow or sheep also ensures a variety of different flavors.

Soft – Brie, Burrata, goat cheese

Semi-soft – Gouda

Firm – Aged cheddar, Manchego or Parmigiano

Blue – Gorgonzola, blue cheese

Let your cheese rest for about an hour before your guests arrive. Also make sure you have a knife for each cheese and the proper utensils for each condiment.

 

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17 Comments

  • Rosie
    Posted December 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM | Permalink

    I don’t have any one favorite, in fact, having certain occasions gives me much incentive to try new recipes. I like making ice cream cone cupcakes for kids, sophisticated cookies for fun get together, lasagna for buffets!

  • Jessie C.
    Posted December 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

    I like to bring cheese gougères.

  • Posted December 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

    I love bringing desserts to parties, like cookies, cupcakes, or pies (even though when I have a party, I like doing the cooking– not the baking– so I like it when someone else brings dessert!).

  • corey
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    Now I am hungry! Looks great

  • corey
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 2:48 PM | Permalink

    I like to bring veggies & dips

  • Posted December 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM | Permalink

    I always want to bring cheese, but never know what type to pick. This post helps! I normally bring hummus and chips.

  • David
    Posted December 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM | Permalink

    We always bring a jello poke cake. The adults may think it is juvenile, but among the kids it is the life of the party.

  • Posted December 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM | Permalink

    We always end a meal with a cheese platter. Yours looks so good. One of my favorite cheese is Chaumes.

  • meredith
    Posted December 12, 2013 at 8:16 PM | Permalink

    I like bringing nice dips!

  • manda
    Posted December 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

    Cheese!

  • Carolsue
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 2:56 AM | Permalink

    I usually bring stuffed mushrooms or chips and guacamole

  • Fran
    Posted December 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM | Permalink

    Wow, those cheese platters are beauties! I usually take dessert though (think chocolate!)

  • Nicki Joseph
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 2:01 AM | Permalink

    baked brie :)

  • Dianne Hall
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 2:05 AM | Permalink

    My favorite thing to bring is homemade hummus & pita chips

  • Susan DeVaux
    Posted December 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM | Permalink

    stuffed mushrooms are my favorite to bring

  • D Schmidt
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Permalink

    I love to take a cheese and grape board.

  • Pat
    Posted December 16, 2013 at 8:12 PM | Permalink

    I like to bring desserts – since they are fun to make and yummy!

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