A cheese plate is always a sure-fire hit at a party and an all-in-one appetiser that needs no maintenance once you place it on your table.
Here are a few pointers:
- Start with an interesting cheese board or slate, or a few of these, so that the different cheeses do not touch each other. It’s also good to have one knife per cheese type, to avoid cross flavouring.
- Have a mix of at least four different types of cheese: choose from aged Gouda, Camembert, Cheddar, blue cheeses, Brie, goat’s cheese, and soft cheeses that you can rill in chopped chives for added interest.
- Plan for only about 100 g of each cheese per person, especially if you’re serving a few other appetizers.
- Accompaniments can include dried fruit, nuts, assorted preserves and honey, grapes, and candied walnuts, as well as crackers and thin toasted slices of baguette.
- Remove your cheeses from the refrigerator at least two hours before the party to let them breathe.
- Arrange your cheeses on the cheese board or slate, allowing enough room so they can be sliced easily. Place the accompaniments with an eye for colour and variety.