How to Create a Cheese Platter for Your Own Cheese Tasting

SUA is having a Cheese Tasting tomorrow, February 22, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Traditions Area of the Union, and with a great event like this, hopefully it will inspire people. After sampling the cheese tomorrow, maybe you will be inspired to create your own cheese platter and we’ve got all the tips on how to create the perfect platter! Cheese platters are great for parties, small get togethers, or really just any special occasion. Making a tasteful and elegant cheese platter can be really difficult so here is a list of ways to make it easier.

What is the most important thing about a cheese platter? The cheese of course. When choosing your cheeses make sure you include a variety of flavors. There are four different categories that can make a good cheese platter: aged, soft, firm, and blue.

Examples of cheeses that fit the categories are:

Aged: Gouda, Caciocavallo, or Cheddar

Soft: Goat cheese or Brie

Firm: Parmesan-Reggiano, Manchego, or Prima Donna

Blue: Cambozola or Gorgonzola

Be sure to include at least one cheese that is a commonly known.

The next thing that will make your cheese platter really pop is accompaniments. You should have various kinds of breads like, baguette slices and crackers. Vegetables are an easy thing to find that goes great with cheese. Carrots, peppers, and artichokes make excellent pairings for cheese. Olives and grapes also pair nicely with most cheeses. Cured meats and spicy mustards also help make a good cheese platter. Now that salty is covered, try to add something sweet. Honey to drizzle on top of a soft cheese and bread is a perfect way to incorporate sweetness to your platter.

Additional tips include:

Label your cheese. People are not going to want to eat it if they don’t know what it is.

Have a separate knife for each cheese/accompaniment. You don’t want to mix unintended flavors.

Lastly, decor and a nice ambiance make a great cheese platter come to life. Add some greenery to the side and voila.

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