How to make a cheese platter?

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Want to impress your guests this holiday season but don’t know what to cook? Put away your pots and turn off the oven, because we’re about to see how to prepare a cheese platter! The simple and delicious cheese platter will enable you to feed a large number of guests with a minimum of effort. Since it can be customized, it can also please any palate and accompany any meal.

Without further ado, the Bleu et Persillé team presents this handy guide to making the perfect cheese platter this holiday season!

Ask the right questions!

To get there, you’ll need a little preparation. Here are a few important questions to ask yourself before visiting the cheese shop:

– Are there any dietary restrictions?

Take note of any allergies or dietary restrictions your guests may have (lactose or gluten intolerance, pregnant women, etc.). Don’t hesitate to mention this information to our in-store advisors to help you choose the right products for your guests!

What quantitiesés ?

On average, an adult will eat between 200g and 350g of cheese for a meal, and between 60g and 80g as a snack. Allow half for children and a little more for gourmets. And don’t forget to adjust your quantities if the rest of the meal is already very hearty (or eat leftovers all week long – no waste!).

How many variétés différents?

There’s no right or wrong way to do this, but it’s important to ask yourself how many cheeses will be optimal for the number of guests. Although it’s tempting to want as much variety as possible, it’s better to have 3 to 5 varieties in good quantity than 10 small pieces (if the cheeses are good, your guests should be able to have more than one refill!). Of course, this is just a tip – you’re the boss!

Which cheese families?

Cheeses can be categorized into different families according to their production methods. Here are a few examples of well-known families:

– pressed cooked cheeses (Gruyère, Comté, Beaufort, etc.),

– bloomy crusts (Brie, Camembert, Brillat Savarin…),

– washed rinds (Époisses, Munster, Taleggio…),

– Blue or blue-veined cheeses (Roquefort, Fourme d’Ambert, Gorgonzola…).

By familiarizing yourself with the different cheese families, your cheesemonger’s display becomes much easier to navigate! It also allows you to create a colorful platter with a variety of textures and flavors. You can find out more about the different cheese families in our previous article entitled “Categorizing cheeses”. Categorizing cheeses “. 😉

Do you have a thèa theme?

There’s nothing to stop you building your set around a specific theme! Do you like Italian wines? You can choose cheeses from the same region, or with a similar flavor profile that would harmonize perfectly. Why not create an all-goat cheese platter? After all, they come in all shapes, textures and flavours! If you have a theme, it will be much easier to choose your side dishes and your platter will be much more cohesive!

What kind of support?

Accompaniments can contrast, enhance or complement the different flavors of your cheeses. They allow diners to personalize their tasting experience and, consequently, control the level of intensity for each bite. For example, a milder cheese that appeals to children can also appeal to more discerning palates by adding the right confit. Here are a few examples of classic accompaniments:

– Beverages (wine, beer, cider, spirits and other non-alcoholic beverages)

– Spreads (sweet jams, tapenades, confits, mustards)

– Meats and charcuterie (dry sausages, hams, pâtés)

– Fruit (fresh or dried)

– Other (olives, pickles, nuts, bread, crackers…)

Don’t hesitate to ask your cheesemonger for advice on choosing the right accompaniment for your cheeses!

Décross-section and structure

While there’s nothing to stop you serving your cheeses whole on the table, taking the trouble to cut them up in advance helps to structure your platter and make tasting easier. You can make sticks, triangles or cubes. You can even carve the Eiffel Tower out of cheese if you like, because YOU are the artist! We recommend going one cheese at a time, and making good use of the space on your platter by filling the holes with your accompaniments. Once the products have been placed on the board, you can add little flags on the cheeses with their name and provenance to differentiate them.

That’s it for our handy guide on how to make a cheese platter! Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions in store, and we’ll be happy to guide you further. The Bleu et Persillé team wishes you a merry, gourmet holiday season and a happy end to 2023!