Perfect Cheese Platter for the Perfect Long Weekend!
With the Queen’s Birthday long weekend fast approaching (it’s this weekend just so you know) a Cheese Platter is the ultimate one-stop shop that will please any size crowd. So here is our take on the ultimate guide for making beautiful, entertaining-friendly platters using some crowd-pleasing favourites.
In no particular order:
Meats – salami, prosciutto, smoked ham, chorizo, smoked chicken slices, mortadella or any cured meats you like.
Cheeses – Choose at least three to five with a mix of flavours and textures. 50/50 hard and soft cheeses
Breads/Crackers – toasted French stick slices; water crackers; breadsticks; rice crackers
Accompaniments - Olives; Gherkin; Cheese filled baby peppers.
Jams / Spreads – Fruity, bright jams go perfectly with the cheeses, as does pastes such as Quince paste.
Putting it all together:
Step 1: Bowls
Placing little bowls on your boards gives you a head start in the preparation - this is something that can be done the night before. To breakup the look of your board, vary the shape & height of the bowls. Decant your jams; paste or condiments into the bowls and top up as needed.
Step 2: Cheeses
Serve a variety of cheeses e.g Soft cheeses, like brie and goat cheese. For hard cheeses, like the cheddar and parmesan, cut them into slices or cubes and stack them up on the board. Ensure your cheese is bought to room temperature at least 30 mins prior to serving, you'll get the full delicious flavours and textures.
Step 3: Add Meats,
Meats can be added a few different ways ~ stacked; fanned out or rolled, just create some visual interest.
Step 4: Bread & Small Bites
Most of the board will be needed for cheese etc, better to place some crackers on the board and the rest in bowls. Fill in the big spaces with small bites…this is the time to have some fun! Grab some grapes; apples; nuts, gherkin pickles, sweet red cherry peppers, almonds, dried fruits, sliced apples, sliced pears or even fresh honeycomb.