Nothing beats a cheese platter at a braai or a party. All the choices, flavours and textures. There are so many different things you can put on a cheese platter: you can keep it simple or you can go all out! Remember, however, to keep the cheese the star of the show. I’ve put together the perfect guide for you, with some tips on how to arrange your cheese platter.
When selecting the cheese, remember to look at colour and texture. You should have 3 to 5 different cheeses on your board from which to choose – enjoy the different textures you get from cheeses like cream cheese, hard cheese and mouldy cheese. Make sure to buy a mild cheese in case some of your guests don’t like the taste of stronger cheeses.
When it’s time to arrange your cheese platter, choose an interesting surface like a wooden cutting board or a dark dish to contrast the bright colours of all the things on the board.
Keep your cheese in the refrigerator until 30 minutes before serving.
Try these 2 cheese platters
- Hard cheese: Cheddar or Gouda
- Semi-firm cheese: Edam or Cantel
- Soft cheese: Camembert or Brie
- Blue cheese: Gorgonzola
- Bread: baguette or ciabatta
- Crackers: rice crackers or salty crackers
- Fruit: strawberries, apricots or figs
- Nuts: almonds or cashews
- Meats: prosciutto or ham
- Antipasto: olives or sun-dried tomatoes
- Dips and spreads: hummus, chutney or honey
- Soft cheese: Goat’s cheese
- Semi-firm: Manchego, Gouda
- Aged cheese: Asiago, Parmigiano
- Blue cheese: Roquefort or Gorgonzola
- Meats: prosciutto or salami
- Fruits: grapes, strawberries or blackberries
- Dried fruits: apricots or prunes
- Nuts: almonds, cashews or pistachios
- Veggies: carrots or celery
- Crackers: salty crackers or plain crackers
- Bread: toast or artisanal crisps
- Spreads: honey or chutney
These are just guidelines so make sure to put your own stamp on your cheese platter.
Words: Natassha Burrell