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How to Make the Perfect Cheese Plate

A cheese plate can make or break any at-home happy hour. Whether you’re entertaining family or friends, everyone loves a well-rounded cheese plate with unique flavors and perfect accompaniments. But creating the perfect cheese plate is harder than it may seem. Mix the wrong stinky cheese with a fruity wine and havoc will reign. In order to learn How to Make a Cheese Plate, follow the instructions below.

Accompaniments:

  • Breads: Make sure to include different types of breads such as a sliced baguette, bread sticks, and crackers.
  • Condiments: The condiments can vary from vegetables, preservatives (honey is delicious), or tangy mustards.
  • Meats and Nuts: A good mixture of salty meats (such as salami), pistachios, and dried fruits can really add flavor to your cheese plate.

Types of Cheese:

  • Fresh and Mild Cheeses: These cheeses are not aged and very fresh. Examples include Ricotta and Buffalo Milk Mozzarella.
  • Bloomy Rind Cheeses: These molding cheeses are often creamy. The most famous cheese in this category is Brie.
  • Mild Semi-Soft to Semi-Firm Cheeses: These basic cheeses serve as a good foundation for a cracker and fruit combination. Examples include Colby and Monterey Jack.
  • Boldly Flavored Hard Cheeses: This sharp cheese category includes Gouda and Cheddar.
  • Cheese with Dominant Presence: These powerful cheeses can be extremely delicious with the right accompaniment (such as dark chocolate). One of the best examples from this category is Muenster.

How To Make a Cheese Plate
via Cabot Creamery

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11 thoughts on “How to Make the Perfect Cheese Plate”

  1. Muenster cheese will always be my favorite–and then sharp cheddar and then–oh heck I love cheese!! These really are good suggestions for making up the perfect cheese platter-now my problem would be–I just might eat all the cheese before the guests arrived!!!

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