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#TashaTests the perfect cheese platters

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

Olive-type cheese platterolive cheese platter

  • 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

Fruit and veggie-type cheese platterfruit cheese platter

  • 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


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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