Perfect Your Cheese Platters With These Great Tips

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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What better way to get the party started than with a colourful array of Hors D’oeuvres (appetizers)! Presenting your guests with a little something to nibble on before the main course is a great way to keep them entertained and to get the conversations flowing - cheese platters are perfect for achieving this.

Because we believe in making life wonderful, we’ve collected a few of our favourite tips to help you make a platter that no one will forget!

Cheese Platter Ideas

Firstly, you’ll need to pick your cheeses. Although variety is great, remember that there’s no need to go overboard with a million different choices. Four or Five different cheeses will do.

It’s best to have a mixture of soft cheese like Brie and hard cheese like Gouda. Textural variety is key in creating an unforgettable platter.

Types Of Cheeses And What To Pair Them With:

Soft Ripened

soft ripened cheese


Brie & Camembert are examples of soft cheeses.

Pairing suggestion: Soft cheeses go well with most fruits like plum or blueberry. You can also try pairing them with rocket.


semi soft


Blue cheese falls under semi-soft. These types of cheeses usually have a smooth and creamy texture to them and don’t have a rind.

Paring suggestion: Biltong or figs

Semi Hard Cheese

semi hard


Examples of semi hard cheeses include Cheddar and Gouda. These have a sort of elastic texture to them.

Paring suggestion: Pear, cranberry, olive, rocket or honey.

Additional Pairing Ideas For Your Cheese Platters

If you’re ever unsure of what you should pair with particular types of cheeses, don’t fret! Simply spread out a wide selection of snacks and condiments and let your guests get creative and decide on their own pairings.

Savoury Cheese Platter Pairings

  • Breads (baguettes, melba toast or crackers)
  • Pickles (gherkins or olives)
  • Nuts (pistachios or almonds)
  • Hams (salami or prosciutto)

Sweet Cheese Platter Pairings

  • Figs
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Dried plumbs


  • Jam
  • Chutney
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Honey
  • Mustard


  • Wine
  • Craft Beer
  • Champagne


Cheese Platter Tips

  • Set aside a different knife for each type of cheese. You don’t want one cheese taste to mix with another.
  • Slice cheese before your guests arrive, to avoid messy Platters.
  • Make sure to take cheeses out of the fridge an hour before your guests arrive, as cheese tastes best when served at room temperature.
  • Label the different kinds of cheeses and describe the taste of each.
  • Spread out your platters to prevent guests congregating in one section of the room.
  • Avoid pouring condiments over the cheeses. Let your guests decide how much sauce they want on their cheese.

You now have all the knowledge you need to put together cheese platters that will create a lasting impression! Remember to put the fun back into function and enjoy yourself. Bon Appétit!


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