How to Build the Perfect Cheese Plate
You'll want to buy enough cheese so that there will be 1-2 ounces per person. This much cheese plus the meat and other extras will provide your guests with just enough variety to cover all taste preferences
When building a cheese plate, I always start with 3 basic types of cheese: soft, hard, and blue.
- Soft: Brie, Camembert, Goat, D'affinois Cow (pictured)
- Hard: Cheddar, Manchego, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Espresso BellaVitano (pictured)
- Blue: Stilton, Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Humboldt Fog (pictured)
If you're hosting a larger party, feel free to throw a few more adventurous cheeses on the plate, but you'll always want these 3 types to form a solid base to your tasting.
When adding accompaniments to your cheese plate, you want to strike a balance between sweet and savory, mild and spicy, creamy and salty.
- Bread or Crackers: Bread or crackers are the vehicles of carby goodness for your cheese.
- Meat: Add 1 or 2 types of hard, smoked sausage to the platter. I went with a spicy Pinot Noir sausage on the platter above.
- Fresh Fruit: Apples, pears, grapes, or strawberries add a fresh, sweet flavor profile to your cheese plate.
- Other Savories: Marinated olives, walnuts, Sun-dried tomatoes, pickled veggies, or Marcona almonds (on of my favorite treats)
- Other Sweets: Date Walnut Cake, a pot of honey, dark chocolate
How to Serve?
A couple years ago I invested in a large, solid wood cutting board that is perfect for serving a cheese platter. I arrange the cheese clockwise from mildest to strongest and make sure they're properly labeled so your guests know what they're tasting. I used these Chalkboard Stands that I found on Etsy. Then it's just a matter of arranging the rest of your goodies around the cheese, cracking open a bottle of wine, and you're party ready!