Putting together a cheese platter might be the easiest and most impressive appetizer. The best part is that anyone can do it and you don’t need a special occasion or holiday to throw one together. Plus the fact that there’s no cooking involved is a good reason on its own!
There are so many choices when it comes to building your cheese plate – and there’s really no right or wrong way to do it! You can always experiment with the platter when you have the basics right.
To make cheese platter 101 you will need the following:
- Gouda cheese
- Goat cheese
- 1 bowl of Grapes
- 1 bowl of mixed dry fruits
- 1 bowl of Crackers
- Cheddar cheese
- Salami and Chorizo
- Start with your base, grab a wooden board or a big plate. Get some sturdy or rustic plates if you have or even a wooden chopping board could work. The base should be large enough for all your elements to fit in. Once you have your base sorted assembling the rest of your ingredients will be very easy
- Select the choice of your meat from salami, chorizo or prosciutto this adds the rich flavour of the meat to the platter
- Variety is your friend when it comes to cheese! Choose a mix of soft and hard cheese, flavours, and milk types. Place different kinds of cheese on the board – blue cheese, sharp cheddar, goat cheese, gouda cheese and white cheese
- To keep the balance of the platter, add both types of cheeses equally so that one doesn’t overpower the other
- To add a touch of sweetness and freshness you can add fruits like grapes, cherries, pears whatever adds the crunch
- Now, place the bowl of olives in the centre so that they balance out all the flavours with its sourness
- Now, your cheese platter has a lot of soft items it’s time to add in some crunch to your platter
- Hence, to add a crunchy element add crackers, dry fruits, crostini crackers and water crackers. This adds an interesting element to your cheese platter
- Lastly, garnish it with the choice of your greens and set it at the centre of the table.
You can serve a glass of fine wine with your assorted cheese crackers, to make your little house party with your family up a notch. You can always experiment with your cheese platter by trying different elements. The key to an amazing cheese platter is the meat and the cheese which brings the platter together.
A cheese platter can work best as a party starter, which is light and very sophisticated. If you are not hosting a party, you can definitely try this for your family over the weekend.
If you are looking for more options with cheese, you can check out 3 Tips On Pairing Cheese and Wine.