Someone once said, “Life is great. Cheese makes it better.” We couldn’t agree more. There are simultaneously no words, and too many words to describe how wonderfully delicious it is. You can pick one great cheese and have it with drinks, or a small selection for dessert, but personally, we love cheese as the main event. An epic selection of cheese with all the fixings: dips, vegetables, fruit and nuts. It doubles as a light dinner. Served with salad and wine, it’s a perfect meal, with no cooking required.
Here are the top 10 tips you need to prepare the most epic cheese plate:
#1 As with all ingredients, buy the best cheese you can find and afford.
#2 Visit your local store and taste the cheeses you plan on serving so you know the flavors go together.
#3 To get a Pinterest-worthy cheese plate, you’ll need to load up the plate so there are no gaps. Layer crackers, veggies, fruit, dips, nuts, herbs, and edible flowers (more directions below).
#4 For a big plate, you want to get 1 soft cheese, 1 semi-firm, 1 firm, and 1 hard.
#5 Time-tested crowd pleasers are: triple-crème and anything with truffles.
#6 While we find blue cheese delicious, they often remain mainly untouched, so unless you know your guests love Roquefort, steer clear.
#7 If you want to be on the healthier side, stick to raw goat and sheep cheese as they are the easiest to digest.
#8 Take your cheese out of the fridge at least 2 hours before you plan on serving so the flavors can open up. Like wine, cheese needs to breath.
#9 Cut cheese into different shapes to create variety: cubes, slices, wedges.
#10 Invest in a large circular or rectangle wooden serving platter. If you’re serving 10 plus people, you’ll want it to be extra big.
Bonus tip: Make a small vegan, gluten-free plate incase you have guests with allergies or intolerances.
Here is your grocery list for an epic cheese plate:
- Cheese (obviously): 1-4 different types depending on how many people you’re having over
- Crackers: different flavors and shapes
- Meats: 1/4 pound of both prosciutto and salami
- Nuts: both Marcona almonds and mixed nuts with dried fruit
- Fresh fruit: berries, figs, peaches and plums (keep some whole for decoration)
- Dried or dehydrated fruit: try two interesting options like kiwi or peaches
- Vegetables: sliced cucumbers, carrot sticks, celery, sliced peppers
- Dips: hummus, tzatziki, olive tapenade
- Umami nibbles: olives, sun-dried tomatoes, caper berries
- Decoration: rosemary, sage, and edible flowers
- Place your cheeses down
- Next your meats
- Place your dips or anything that’s in a serving dish (we like to use these)
- Now fan out your crackers and veggies, alternating cheese, crackers, veggies, meat
- Fill in any extra space with fruit
- Sprinkle nuts over to make it look extra abundant
- Tuck herbs and flowers in at random as a final touch!
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