The Most Epic Cheese Plates & How to Re-Create Them
Is anything quite so universally beloved as a perfectly arranged cheese plate? Well, maybe… But this dinner party mainstay has got to be up there. Arranged artfully with every manner of accoutrement—hello, jam, fresh compote, fruit, olives, nuts, and more—it feels like a nod to some type of royal English bounty. Can you tell we’re kind of obsessed? Scroll now to scope out the most epic cheese plates we’ve had the pleasure to behold and learn how to re-create them at home. Trust us—your guests will thank you.
Don't shy away from fresh fruits like berries and pieces of clementine, and be sure to include a variety of cheese types (something tart, like a goat variety; something smoky, like gouda; and something creamy, a brie for example, are good places to start). A serving tray is a perfect place to nest a mouthwateringly packed plate.
Try nesting different elements of your platter—olive oil, various olives, crudités, chutneys, and spreads—in separate bowls to keep things tidy.
This super-simple arrangement has everything you need: cheese, dried mission figs, and a luxurious, fresh fruit jam. So easy.
Try a savory plate by including perfectly toasted bread slices, roasted veggies, pesto spreads and confits, prosciutto, and more. Any variety of cheese will do, but a burrata and spreadable goat cheese work especially well.
This pastel-hued loveliness is all about variety. Keep spreads and small bites like cornichons and almonds in little bowls, and let everything else (hard salami, some thinly sliced prosciutto, hard and soft cheeses, plus bread and crackers) roam free.
A rustic, more traditional cheese plate is made just as special as the more bountiful assortments thanks to fresh basil leaves, a bowl of creamy burrata garnished with greens, and the best-quality olive oil for dipping that you can get your hands on.
The ideal picnic assortment, this tray is just right for a small group to enjoy. When you're strapped for time, do your best to include cheeses with different textures and flavors, an assortment of crackers, plus some sweet spreads to add to the mix.
Arranged on a very long board, this platter of cheese, dates, sun-dried tomatoes, and figs lets each of the ingredients shine.
Try creating a focal point and then having the cheese and other bites (we love the inclusion of thinly sliced apples) fan outward. Drizzle some honey for added impact.
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