How to Create a Great Cheese Platter

Holiday entertaining often involves cheese trays in all sizes and varieties, with fruit, vegetables or meat, and without. You can pick one up at your local grocery store, but they are a quick and easy option to put together on your own if you know a few basic rules.

Cheese Platter


The general rules for a great cheese platter say the plate should include a blue cheese, a firm cheese, and a creamy cheese. If you are entertaining a larger crowd, you can also add a nutty cheese, and a fresh cheese, such as Goat cheese. Be sure to keep your guests in mind and provide a variety to accommodate everyone’s tastes, those who are beginners and those who are true cheese lovers. Including 3 to 5 different cheeses allows you to mix textures, colours, and tastes.

Nuts, fresh and dried fruits, and crackers or bread sticks are also great additions to any platter.

Cheese platter with dried fruits and puff pastry straws.
Cheese platter with dried fruits and puff pastry straws.

To maximize their flavours, be sure to allow the cheese to rest at room temperature approximately 45 minutes before serving, leaving them wrapped until ready to use.

Whatever you decide to add to your platter, you determine the quantity and the variety so it’s easy to stick to a budget. Get as creative as your imagination and your budget allows.




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