Since it’s one of my favorite foods (duh), I figured we should do a little round up of some great cheese plates. There are certain things that make a great cheese plate in my opinion, and it goes beyond the cheese selection. So here’s what I think a cheese plate needs to have:
Cheese Plate Essentials:
- 2 or more cheese with a variety of sharpness and hardness. So not all stinky cheese, and not all mild. And not all brie, and not all parmesan. Mix it up, people are particular about their cheese.
- Fruit(s) that pair well with cheese. I like berries, figs, and apples. (Apples can double as a cracker).
- More than one type of cracker. Gluten free is a safe bet now as well. And I like nutty/seedy crackers.
- Compote of some sort. I like pepper jelly and cream cheese (who doesn’t). It’s a nice “wildcard” on the cheese plate.
- I like to throw in some other wildcards, like olives or cornichons. Ooh, or pickled anything (okra is great). It’s a nice tidbit to nibble on in addition to cheese.
- Nuts. A great addition for folks who don’t want carbs (crackers), and maybe for people who don’t even want cheese. Plus it’s a great CRUNCH factor.
And here’s another lovely cheese plate via The Party Dress. Is that mozzarella on the bottom right? What is that? I WANT IT.
Moving on to another lovely cheese plate, via Honestly YUM. Being a vegetarian, I’m a fan of meat on another plate, just so there is no touching of the meat to the cheese, but I’d probably still eat all the cheese surrounding the meat. Who am I kidding.
Any other cheese plate tips to share? Let me know in the comments!