In September, I had the opportunity to visit my friend, Jessica Lorren. One of our favorite things to do is eat cheese and drink wine (of course, since I’m expecting, I had to skip the wine this time)! And we wanted to share how a well-executed cheese plate doesn’t have to be intimidating to put together.
I hope you enjoy these beautiful images by Jessica Lorren and our tips on how to build your own cheese platter with things you have around the house. You can see this featured on Style Me Pretty today!
First, find a platter that will fit 3-5 types of cheese. This could be anything from a marble or slate platter to a wooden cutting board. Secondly, decide what types of cheese you want to offer. When shopping, pick a variation of soft to hard cheeses. Then choose your pairings. Fruit (especially figs), olives, jams, honey, mustard and meats all make good sides. We went with a mix of Greek and Spanish olives, blueberry jam, pear, marcona almonds, honey, salami and prosciutto. Don’t forget to buy an assortment of crackers and/or breads. Choose an option that is more seedy along with your plain white crackers.
To tie our cheese board together, we went with a travel-inspired theme. We choose a gouda from Holland, Italian truffle cheese, French blue cheese, Wisconsin cheddar and Spanish drunken goat cheese.
Lastly, place your cheeses on the board from soft to hard. You can make labels for each cheese, if you like. We did this by cutting bamboo skewers, labeling cut pieces of card stock and taping the labels on each skewer.
If you’re using a soft cheese like brie, set it out for an hour before serving to make sure that it softens and will spread. Place your savory and sweet sides on the board. Grab some small knives and snack plates. Now pour a glass of your favorite red or white wine and you’re ready to serve!