Cheese platters or cheese boards are becoming widely popular these days. They are great as a party center piece or perfect for events. Different types of cheese can be perfectly paired with sweet fruits, crispy crackers and delicious dips – the opportunities are endless!
It is important to understand what type of cheese you want to include, and more important to include pairing accompaniments with the cheese. Most cheese can be categorised into soft, firm, aged and blue. A great cheese platter would have at least one of each category. The accompaniments can change the flavour of the cheese. Choosing the right accompaniments can make or break the cheese platter. Plain bread sticks, crackers and mini toasts are great for pairing. Fresh fruits are an important part of the cheese platter too.
In the cheese platter here, I have used seven types of cheese: Blue Vein, Havarti, Edam, Gouda, Brie, Chèvre (Goat’s cheese), and a specialty Cheddar (smoked roasted onion & chive). Along with a variety of crackers, fruits, dry fruits, I have also included home made fresh pesto (cashew and tomato) as accompanying dips.
Here is the pairing I have done for these cheese types:
Blue vein cheese: plain cracker, grapes, green apple, pear, dates, black olives, tomatoes
Havarti: crackers, green apple, pear, dates, almonds
Edam: mini toasts, pear, apricots
Gouda: bread sticks, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, almonds, pistachio
Brie: mini toasts, cracker, bread sticks, green apple, pear, grapes, apricots, almonds
Chèvre: strawberries, blue berries, grapes, apricots, dates, almonds
Cheddar: crackers, green apple, pear, grapes, tomatoes
Next time you are hosting a party, include a cheese platter and wow your guests! Say Cheese!!