Cheese Plate 101

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When hosting any sort of gathering where food is involved (and lets be honest what kind of gathering doesn’t involve food), my number one go-to is a great cheese plate.  A great cheese plate, or board, is truly an essential and one of the easiest items to prepare for your guests.  In fact I feel I’ve got my cheese pairings down to a science.  A variety of cheeses with different tastes and textures + something sweet and something fresh + a warm baguette to put it on.  Oh and a few snacks (nuts, olives, etc.) to nosh on doesn’t hurt.  Below you’ll find a few more specifics to help, but don’t feel overwhelmed.  If you’re a cheese plate novice simply visit your local cheese shop and talk to the cheese monger.  He or she will gladly help you on your journey.  truly, MKR

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The Perfect Cheese Plate
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
  1. A variety of cheeses (goat, sheep, cow) with different textures (hard, soft, crumbly)
  2. 1 spiced or flavored cheese; I used a goat cheese topped with fresh hot spices
  3. 1-2 types of fruit; apples, pears, strawberries, grapes, raspberries
  4. 1-2 types of chutney; fig, mango, strawberry lavender or a spicy pepper jelly
  5. Mixed Olives
  6. Nuts; candied pecans, marcona almonds, walnuts
  7. Fresh french baguette and/or crackers
  8. 1-2 meats; salami, prosciutto, spiced pepperoni
  1. Lay the ingredients out on a cheese board or large platter, grouping similar ingredients together.
  2. Slice the fruits and meats right before serving and provide cheese knives and small serving spoons for spreads.
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