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Arranging a Cheese Platter: A Guide to Creating the Perfect Spread

Arranging a Cheese Platter: A Guide to Creating the Perfect Spread

Crafting a captivating cheese platter is genuinely an art that adds a touch of charm to any gathering, whether it’s a cozy picnic with loved ones or a delightful solo indulgence. While big gatherings might be less common nowadays, the allure of a well-prepared cheese board never fades. Whether hosting a crowd or simply pampering yourself, mastering the art of arranging cheese is a timeless skill. To assist you in creating an unforgettable cheese board, we’ve gathered these invaluable tips for you.

Begin with Cheese Selection

The centrepiece of any cheese board is undoubtedly the cheeses themselves. Selecting the right combination is crucial, but keep it manageable. We suggest following the cheesemonger’s rule of sticking to an odd number of cheeses. Three or five cheeses are ideal for most situations, but feel free to adapt to your preference. When choosing, aim for a variety in both texture and taste. We recommend incorporating the following elements: “something old, something new, something stinky, and something blue.” While including all four is not mandatory, this format offers a straightforward way to represent diverse flavours and styles. We also suggest alternating the types of milk used in the cheeses, including options made from sheep’s milk, cow’s milk, and goat’s milk. Additionally, you can opt for a thematic approach by selecting cheeses from specific countries or regions. If you need more clarification, seek advice from a cheesemonger who can provide recommendations based on your taste preferences.

Even a Single Cheese Is a Cheese Platter

Enjoying a cheese board can be a small gathering. You can create a delightful spread for a few people or yourself. We recommend building a cheese board around a single exceptional cheese. It could be a favourite like Gippsland Blue, a natural rind dotted with blue-grey mould, or Duet from Woodside SA. However, if you are fond of a specific type of cheese, like super-sharp cheddar or Beach Box Brie, don’t hesitate to showcase it. The beauty of a cheese platter lies in the freedom to choose and experiment.

Choose Accompaniments that Complement

While the classic combination of cheese and crackers is timeless, there’s ample room for creativity in your choice of accompaniments. Pairing milder cheeses with shortbread cookies or oat cakes can give the board a hint of sweetness. To enhance the experience, consider using a variety of crackers and cracker-like foods that complement the cheeses. Mixing plain and rustic crackers, such as Arnotts Gold Label Seeded Crackers Rustic Herb, adds visual appeal and exciting textures.

Pickles, Jams, Olives, Honey, and Nuts

To enhance the cheese board further, consider adding smaller elements that pair well with the cheeses. Pickles and olives are excellent choices, as their acidity and saltiness balance the richness of the cheeses. We particularly enjoy including cornichons, small pickles that fit well on the board, are easy to handle, and have a long shelf life in the fridge. Additionally, think beyond traditional pickles and explore unique options like pickled carrots or Brussels sprouts. Marcona almonds, dried fruit such as apricots, and vibrant jams or honey can also contribute contrasting flavours and textures to the board. Consider adding a whole honeycomb as a conversation piece for an intriguing touch.

Consider the Layout

Once you have your cheeses and accompaniments ready, it’s time to consider the layout of your board. If you have a cheese board specifically designed for this purpose, that’s perfect. Otherwise, a wooden cutting board works just as well. Start by placing the largest items first, usually, the cheeses and charcuterie if you’re including it. Add the crackers or bread, considering how guests will consume the cheese. We advise pre-portioning the cheese into chunks or wedges to avoid mishandling or unattractive shapes. This attention to detail helps maintain the board’s aesthetic appeal.

Fill in the Gaps

Once the cheeses and crackers are in place, it’s time to fill the gaps with additional elements. Nuts, olives, and small dollops of preserves can occupy the spaces between the cheeses, creating a visually pleasing and accessible arrangement. Arrange them in any order that pleases your eye and ensures easy access to all the items on the board.

Create Multiple Small Boards

If you prefer a more spread-out setup, consider making several small cheese boards using the same principles. Place them strategically around the room, backyard, porch, or veranda, allowing guests to enjoy slices of Spanish favourite Manchego or other favourites without clustering in one location.

With these expert tips, you can create a delightful cheese platter that impresses guests or provides pure indulgence. Enjoy the art of arranging and savouring the flavours, textures, and aromas that make each cheese board a unique and delightful experience.

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