Home Cheese Platter Prep

Cheese Platter

Preparing cheese platters for your home guests can sometimes be a daunting task. However, we never neglect to prepare one because its a perfect pair for parties, holiday entertaining, and any get-togethers. In this post, Natalia Drozhzhin of momsdish.com has rounded up a list on how to dress your first cheese plate in an easy and delicious manner.

Luckily, popular cheese platter fixings are available at your local market and won’t give you a hard time looking for her suggested pairs below:

  1. Figs: figs are a gorgeous fruit that are perfect for indulgent occasions. When in season, these soft and sweet treats pair perfectly with a tangy goat cheese or a creamy Roquefort.

    Other fruit favorites: grapes, peaches, pears, melons or anything in season.

  2. Nuts: Pairing nuts with cheese is also a wonderful idea as there are so many salty and sweet varieties! Buttery and bitter nuts pair well with a rich cheese such as Brie. Candied walnuts are a wonderful addition as well, and are a delicious pairing with Cabernet!

    Other nut favorites: salted pecans, pistachios and walnuts drizzled in honey.

  3. Wine: The pièce de résistance is, of course, the wine. Make sure you have a few bottles on hand, as everyone will want to try a little sip! Keep things simple by having versatile wines like Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, that can easily pair with more than one cheese. For bigger parties, consider having unique bottles on hand, such as Champagne, Riesling or Sherry.

    Other wine favorites: Merlot, Chianti, Bardolino, Sparkling Wine and Port

  4. Prosciutto: It’s always on my cheese plates! The rich, concentrated flavors found in this tender cured meat need little to no preparation. Yay! Find a robust cheese that can stand against the salty meat: a smoky Gouda or Piave will do the trick.

    Other meat favorites: Spanish-style chorizo, hard, dried spicy salami and pâté.

  5. Fresh Crusty Bread: The big secret, which makes total sense when you hear it, is to pick up your bread on the day of your event… and if you’re a real good host, you’ll pick up two! Crusty bread works perfectly with all of those melt-in-your-mouth crowd-pleasing cheeses like Brie and Camembert.Other bread favorites: olive focaccia, baguette, sourdough, melba toast and specialty crackers.

Setting up the plate


No matter what the pairings you’ve decided on or the delicacies you have ready for the platting, you don’t need to pile everything on there. Usually, restocking with different pairs works throughout the evening.

Also, as Ms. Natalia Suggests:

I like going with a rustic presentation that my guests can cut on without being terrified it will break or scratch. Make sure to have a quality platter and several cheese knives that correspond with the cheeses you are serving. With these little touches, you offer the best experience for your guests! My advice is to insert the names of the cheeses somewhere on the board so everyone can find a favourite throughout the evening.

 

Photo and content source: Trudeau, Natalia Drozhzhin

Gourdo’s is a licensed distributor of Trudeau Corporation in the Philippines.

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