Cheese platters always seem to be a mainstay of dinner parties - but how do you create one that stands out from the crowd?
I wanted to put together an easy guide that would help you create the perfect cheese platter - regardless of budget, time, season or location.
Selecting your cheeses
The best cheese platters have a mix of different styles of cheese. I always choose at least one of each type to ensure there's a mix of textures, flavours and also something each person will love.
Soft Cheeses include mozzarella, brie, humboldt fog (a goat milk cheese) and saint-andré.
Semi-soft Cheeses include stilton, gouda, jarlsberg and OKA.
Semi-hard Cheeses include manchego, sage derby, provolone and comté.
Hard Cheeses include aged cheddar, parmesan, asiago and cheshire.
Selecting your accompaniments
Cheese isn't the only thing you'll want on your cheese plate - you also want a variety of accompaniments.
I suggest choosing at least one of each category to, again, give you a variety of tastes and textures as well as colours and shapes.
Bread - this includes anything from hearty slices of french bread and sourdough to crackers.
Something Sweet - from fresh and dried fruits to honey and even chunks of rich dark chocolate, sweet flavours paired with salty cheeses are always a winning combination.
Dips and Spreads - these includes fruit spreads and chutneys, mustard and quince paste.
Something Salty - from crunchy roasted nuts (try this recipe) to olives and cured meats like jamón ibérico and prosciutto.
Arrange and style your plate
Choose the perfect board or platter to show off your creation. Above are some of my favourites - simply click the image to find out more about each piece.
Peters of Kensington also have an incredible range of platters, plates and accessories.
Make sure you don't forget your knives and serving utensils. Above are some of my favourite - from beautiful marble and copper knives to simple basics. Click the image to find out more about each piece.
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