If there's one dish that always elicits comments and Instagram photos, it’s the cheese platter. As anyone who’s tried to build one can attest, there’s much more to a well-styled spread than simply choosing some quality cheese and leaving it out on a plate. The most mouthwatering platters are always decadently curated, with layers of cured meats folded over just so, nuts scattered throughout, grapes draped on the edge, and a drizzle of cheese over a gooey wheel.
If MyDomaine’s Instagram feed is any indication, you’re as cheese-obsessed as we are. So for no other reason than pure gratification, we’ve rounded up four of the most drop-dead-decadent dishes we’ve ever seen and pinpointed how to replicate them at your next event. Trust us: These cheese platters are guaranteed to elicit compliments (and likes).
Pick Your Platter
Pick your cheese board carefully, as it’ll dictate how many ingredients you’ll need and the position of each item. Platters overflowing with cheese, nuts, and fruit look the most enticing, so always opt for a board one size smaller than you think you’ll need.
The most decadent platters have the perfect balance of textures. Think soft, gooey cheese; hard cheddar; pots of preserves; candied nuts; and more.
Always group ingredients together. Start by choosing the five main cheese and meats, and place them on the platter. Then, layer in the bread and fruit, and scatter smaller items like nuts throughout.
Finally, add some color to your platter with fruit and vegetables. Take cues from Half Baked Harvest with cherries, sliced avocado, zucchini flowers, and melon.
Trying to be healthy? These three kinds of cheese are dietitian-approved.