Ultimate Cheese Board Rules ~
Allow about 2 ounces of cheese per person.
Curate 3 – 6 different types of cheese.
Make sure to include something gooey, something aged, something creamy, and something blue, then fill in with your favorites.
Consider different shapes, colors, flavors, and textures. I used a mix of Open Nature brand and imported cheeses like Brie, Manchego, Blue, goat cheese, and my own HOMEMADE BOURSIN.
I always add some cubed cheese for the traditionalists and kids in the crowd.
Add 2 or 3 types of meat.
I used Open Nature uncured meats like Prosciutto, Dry Salami, and Applewood Smoked Ham.
I like to have sliced meats, which I sometimes roll for easier grabbing, and a whole sausage of some sort, partially sliced.
I always try to include one smoked choice for that wonderful flavor.
A variety of crackers, pita chips, and cheese straws, mine are Open Nature.
They should be relatively plain so they don’t compete with the flavors of the cheese, etc.
Rice crackers are nice for gluten free eaters.
I like to include a vegan friendly dip, like O Organics hummus, along with fresh veggies like O Organics baby carrots, and some fresh green snap peas, and cherry tomatoes for dipping.
Dried fruit like Signature Farms® and O Organics apricots, cherries, and figs.
At least one type of nut, either raw or roasted. I used O Organics roasted cashews and almonds
Fresh fruit adds color and helps balance out the richness of the meats and cheese.
Classics are grapes, apples, and pears. But think seasonally, I used Mandarin oranges, cranberries, and a pomegranate for a festive touch.
Olives and assorted marinated items from the olive bar, buy whatever looks good.
Don’t forget to set out a little bowl for olive pits.
One or two interesting condiments. I used O Organics Honey and Crushed Pepper Flakes to make my quick homemade HOT PEPPER HONEY. I love to include a WINE JELLY too.
Every cheese platter needs some mustard, I used a classic Dijon.
Tuck in some fresh herbs or leaves for presentation.
Pay attention to color...you have the choice between purple and green grapes, a red or a yellow pear…choose a pleasing palette and your platter will pop!
Details like glossy black olives or bright red sun dried tomatoes really make a difference.
Don’t crowd your platter too tightly, leave room for people to maneuver.
A gorgeous cheese platter can quickly devolve into a hot mess if you don’t.
Provide a small cheese knife or spreader for every cheese and every dip.
Pre-slice or cut into easy cubes any cheese that is hard or difficult to cut.
Provide small spoons for the condiments.
Set a stack of cocktail napkins and toothpicks within easy reach.
Voilà ~ your cheese platter is ready and you can relax and enjoy the party!
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