How to make the perfect cheese platter

By Julie Van Rosendaal on June 13, 2018


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.

Choose your cheese

Look for:
  • a range of textures
  • three to seven types, depending on the size of your group and your platter
  • at least one firm cheese, one soft or semi-soft, and one sharper cheese

Choose your quantities

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. 

Choose your accompaniments

Once your cheeses are on the tray, fill in the gaps. Try:
  • crackers, raisin bread and/or breadsticks, which will provide a variety of shapes and textures
  • dried fruit (think apricots, cherries, dates and figs) 
  • small bunches of grapes 
  • apple slices 
  • nuts 
  • olives 
  • small ramekins of grainy mustard, preserves or chutney

Serve it up right

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.

By Julie Van Rosendaal | June 13, 2018

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