How To Build The Perfect Cheese Platter

Creating a big, beautiful cheese board is one of the easiest ways to feed your guests for a light lunch or appetiser this festive season! Here’s our step-by-step guide to creating the most impressive platter.

What You’ll Need:

  • A good-sized board or a couple of smaller boards
  • Cheese knives
  • Small bowls and/or plates
  • Cheese (at least 2 – 3 types)
  • Crackers and bread
  • Accompaniments

Grab Everything You Need

Start by selecting an oversized board that’s large enough for all the different elements, or you could spread it across 2-3 smaller boards.

Pick 2 – 3 Cheeses

Pick cheeses that vary in taste and texture!

  1. Strong – blue cheese
  2. Creamy – creamy camembert or a triple creme brie are always crowd-pleasers
  3. Hard or semi-hard – cheddar, gouda, havarti or gruyere
  • Serve cheeses at room temperature – allowing the flavour, aroma and texture to bloom.
  • If you intend on passing the cheese platter around, rather than have it sitting on a table, it’s a nice idea to pre-cut a few slices for ease for your guests. *Pre-cut the cheese when fresh out of the fridge and cold.

Choose Your Crackers and/or Bread

It’s always good to provide a few options, think light wafer crackers, oat crackers or a seedy cracker like our homemade seed crackers, perfect for adding texture and crunch (as well as providing a delicious gluten-free option) and some fresh bread.

We like to avoid flavoured crackers as they can overpower the delicate flavours of the cheese.

Get Creative With Some Tasty Accompaniments

They add a variety of colours, tastes, textures and dimensions to the board. Think dips, cured meats, pickled or marinated vegetables, something fresh and something sweet.

Dips

Add 1 – 2 dips into bowls which are varying sizes. The bowls will add dimension and height to the board. Pick dips which are vibrantly coloured – like our sun dried tomato and feta dip or basil pesto.

Cured Meats

Adds protein and robust flavours – think prosciutto, salami or smoked salmon. 

Pickled Or Marinated Vegetables

Olives, pickled vegetables or our marinated vegetables help to balance out the richness of the cheese with their acidity.

Sweetness

A hint of sweetness on the board to provide that classic sweet and savoury combo – think dried fruit, a drizzle of honey or some quince paste.

Freshness

Cheese boards can be rich and heavy so it’s always good to provide something fresh as a palate cleanser, this could be as simple as some carrot sticks or a bunch of grapes.

Time to Assemble!

We find it best to start by platting the largest elements first followed by the smallest – nestling in the smaller elements to fill in any gaps.

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