Cheese is a love language that most people understand. By most, I mean all! Consider these cheese platter ideas at your next gathering!
I don’t know what it is about aged cheese, but I have become extremely fond of cheese as I’ve aged. I used to hate it. Any kind. I would barely even eat cheddar and you could say “so-long” to even asking me to try any sort of white cheese because it was out of the question. I was, am, and always will be a cheeseburger lover, but as far as I’m concerned that’s not even a real dairy product. I don’t discriminate against cheese though—I love me some Velveeta in a nice, spicy queso just as much as the next gal.
Recently, I stopped sipping the haterade and now cheese is just one of those things I don’t think I can live without. It’s great in a lot of ways: to snack on, paired with wine for a before dinner treat, or turned into a magnificent cheese platter, perfectly presented for guests. That just so happens to be what this post is about, if you hadn’t guessed already. I guarantee that if you were at a party, this cheese plate table would be the first thing you’d spot, followed by a hastened pace toward the gold.
One of the most fun components of throwing together the ultimate cheese board is deciding what you are going to serve it on. I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue to say it forever—presentation is everything! If you take out a block of cheese, peel off the saran wrap, and stick a plastic knife in it followed by the handing of a solo cup full of Cabernet… Well, just don’t! Plasticware isn’t going to cut it—both literally and figuratively.
There are great serving tray ideas out there that don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg! In fact, they make GREAT gifts and the options are all over the board. (See what I did there?) I love white dishes of all shapes and sizes to serve cheese on, but one of my other favorites is an actual wood cheese board (or a re-purposed bamboo cutting board).
They don’t have to just be square cuts of bamboo; although, sometimes less is more. Some come with personalized engravings (perf hostess or wedding gift) and others even go as far as nationwide. California isn’t the only state offered either. These cutting boards turned cheese plates come in the shape of every state! I can’t pick a favorite. I really think all of them belong in my kitchen. If these don’t suit your fancy, check out Etsy for some great custom boards!
Once all is assembled and you have several cheeses for the picking, you’ll probably start to second guess which is which. To that I say: label! It makes it so much easier to write “Smoked Gouda” and “Havarti with Jalapeno” than to forget what you’re dishing out on your party platter. Hosting is already busy enough, and remembering cheese names (especially aged cheese names!) is hard. Besides, these are cute and you can make them yo’self! Aren’t they just awesome?
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The end product should not only be easy to identify, but also easy on the eyes. Nothing too cluttered, and not too bare either. Something like this would be perfect!
You might be wondering, “How do I decide what to put on my platter?” or “How do I begin arranging a cheese platter?” and if you’re new to this whole thing I would stick to this sort-of guide until your palette matures a smidge and you know what you like best!
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Really and truly, there aren’t very many aged cheeses that aren’t good. Head to the fine cheese section at your local grocery store and get to picking! If you’ve been into this whole thing for a while and are seasoned in everything that is cheese, consider adding prosciutto, salami, or sausage to the mix. Variety is key, friends!
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If you want to get even more creative, turn your cheese tray into a full on bruschetta bar! It’s taking a cheese platter to the next level, not to mention it’s fun, delicious, and a crowd-pleaser! Not sure if you can tell or not, but I’m excited about this one. I would add chopped tomatoes soaked in balsamic and olive oil because I’m all about recipes in their original form. Pesto, mushrooms, meats, crostini, and so many other foods I love are present on this plate - my mouth is beginning to water. Yum!
After all of this typing, I think it’s time for me to head to the grocery store for some of my favorite cheeses. What do you say? Wanna be cheesy with me? I hope you’re feeling just as inspired to host a wine and cheese night as I am. After looking at all these yummies, how could you not be! Share and comment below and get to planning that soiree! Thanks for tuning in. I’ll catch ya on the flip flop!
**Featured image via Good on Paper