Perfect for potlucks, entertaining or even as a decadent movie snack, a platter of cheeses is quick to assemble and always well received whether it’s fancy or plain. Here are a few tricks to help shop for and serve your favourite cheeses.
When planning a party, estimate about 60 grams of cheese per person, assuming there will be other food available. If the cheese board is the main attraction, increase your quantities – there’s nothing wrong with leftover cheese. Seriously, nothing wrong with some leftover cheese.
Serve cheese at room temperature, not straight from the fridge, for best flavour. Avoid pre-cutting it, which will cause cheeses to dry out faster. Unwrap and set whole pieces/cheeses directly on the board, and set out knives so guests can serve themselves.
Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, November 2012.