How to Serve a Cheese Platter
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. Buy cheese online and learn about the art of cheese. Everyone always has questions about how to serve a cheese platter the right way. We hope to offer some tips as to how to properly serve a cheese platter . We have created a checklist of important steps to serving a delicious cheese plate. The way you serve a cheese plate relies heavily on when you will be serving it. Meaning, will you be serving the cheese plate before dinner or will you be serving the cheese plate as a dessert course after dinner. We tend to lean towards serving it after dinner simply because we feel cheese needs to be enjoyed slowly with time and conversation instead of rushing in order to move onto the main course. When you serve a cheese platter after dinner, all that’s left to enjoy is the cheese and its accompaniments which makes the atmosphere a lot more pleasant and enjoyable.
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1) Take the cheese out of the fridge an hour before serving - This is a key step. This could make the difference between your cheeses tasting amazing or tasting like nothing at all. Pull them out of the fridge an hour or so beforehand. Set them up on the plate and that way when you’re ready to eat them, they are ready for you.
2) Do I have enough cheese? Cheese portions – This depends on what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. Cheese portions are always tough considering the many factors that can affect this. Have you just had a big meal? How many people are present? Are they big eaters? How long is your event? Etc. Generally speaking, we like to serve roughly 50 grams or 1 ½ oz of cheese per person. In our online cheese store, we sell most cheeses in portions of 250 grams or 8.8oz; this is a good amount for about 5 people. If you know your crowd consists of small/big eaters, adjust accordingly.
3) How many cheeses should I serve on a cheese platter? - Although it’s hard to put an exact number on how many cheeses you should serve, we usually go with 5 cheeses and sometimes 6. This way, we different families of cheese . We have a Soft cheese, Semi-soft cheese, Semi-hard cheese, Hard Cheese and a Blue cheese. If you follow this approach, you’re sure to have an amazing variety for your guests.
4) What should I serve with my cheeses on the cheese platter? – We always try to serve things with cheese that enhance the flavours of the cheeses rather than overpower them. Fresh fruits are always a popular choice; most popular are apples, pears, grapes, figs. Although, you may serve berries and more acidic fruits with certain cheeses. If you have a slightly bigger crowd and want to avoid the mess of fresh fruits, you can definitely serve dry fruits and nuts with the cheese. They are less of a hassle and pair really well with cheese. Another popular thing to serve with cheese is a spread or jelly. For example, a fig spread or a quince paste works really well with blue cheese and sheep milk cheese. A pepper jelly matches well with brie and so on.
5) Should I serve bread or crackers with cheese? – Once again it depends on when you’re serving the cheese. If you are serving cheese as a dessert, then bread might be a little too heavy. If you are doing it before your meal, then you may serve your cheeses with some crusty bread. We have seen many experts frown upon the use of crackers with cheese but we are totally for it. We find they are lighter and leave more room for cheese rather than filling up on the bread.
6) How should I cut up the cheeses for the cheese platter? – The worst thing we see is when guests take it upon themselves to cut themselves a piece of cheese from the middle of the cheese so that they don’t get any rind. This can ruin the look of your cheese plate very easily and very quickly. To avoid this issue, place the cheeses in wedges on your board or platter and slice 2 or 3 pieces off to start the process for them. This will show your guests the proper way to slice the cheese. Make sure each piece of cheese has an equal amount of cheese and rind, that way it will evenly spread out the rind amongst everyone. Place a separate knife for each cheese so the flavours don’t transfer.
7) How should I arrange the cheese Platter? –
The most appropriate way is to arrange the cheeses is from mildest to strongest flavour. So generally you would start off with a brie cheese and end with a blue cheese. This is done so you can gradually build up your pallet for the next cheese. If you started with the blue cheese, you might not be able to fully appreciate the other cheeses on the plate. If you’d like help with this, send us an email through our Contact
page with the cheeses you bought and we will help you arrange them.
8) Get some information on the cheeses –
More often than not, your guests will ask you questions about the cheeses on the cheese platter. This is the beauty of cheese. Everyone wants to gain more cheese knowledge and you should share some of yours with your guests. When you are serving gourmet cheeses found in our online shop (www.cheesyplace.com
) , you’re bound to be asked “What is this cheese?” Be ready to offer some quick info/facts. Most importantly, the cheese’s name, what milk the cheese is made from, what type of cheese it is (soft, semi-soft, hard, etc.) and where it’s from. These 4 bits of information will be good background info for your guests.
Most importantly, the environment should be pleasurable, relaxing and educational.
Now you know how to serve a cheese platter! Remember, cheese is fun. Enjoy it!