where there is wine, there is cheese, too. Here are some practical tips to make
a delectable cheese platter for your guests...
several cheeses of different varieties, types and styles. Include
contrasting flavors and textures (e.g. Camembert, Gorgonzola, Havarti, Colby
and aged Cheddar). It's best to label each type for guests to know.
the party is small, place chunks of cheese on a serving platter and allow
guests to cut from a cheese wedge or chunk.
the party is large, allow for smaller servings to maximize the available
cheese. For example, cube cheese and stick in toothpicks.
complementing fruits, crackers and breads near the cheese platter. They will
complement the cheese and serve as "extenders" just in case the
cheese won't last.
to present cheese? The easiest is to cube and serve slices.
is easier to cut cheese with a cold knife. A nice cut will make the cheese
platter look nicer.
the weather work for you. Cut the cheese early in the morning while it is
cool. Refrigerate afterwards and remove only prior to serving.
shape of the cheese will dictate the cut of the cheese. Bars can be sliced
into triangles, cubes or smaller bars. Rectangular-shaped cheese can be
sliced into cubes, triangles and sticks. Round-shaped cheeses can be sliced
into wedges or into pie-slice shapes.