Cheese Board Making 101- How To Make The Perfect Charcuterie Platter
Whenever I’m hosting a dinner party or get-together, whether it's been an event I’ve thought out and planned for weeks or just a last minute game night, I always serve a Charcuterie Platter. It’s my go-to for every event because it has something to offer for even the most picky or food sensitive of guests, it's ready in minutes and there is no cooking required! My cousin lovingly refers to them as “cheese and crackers for adults!” as she makes a bee line for the board of goodies.
Our Cheese Board and Knife Set is a versatile platter you can use for any party you’re organizing. Underneath is a pull-out drawer, which contains a cheese fork, spatula, heart shape, and plane knife that’s perfect for all food items that you want to serve to your special guests.
If you’re hosting an upcoming party very soon, here’s an easy step-by-step tutorial on making a killer cheese platter.
Making a Cheese Platter
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1. Start off with bigger items.These are the food items that take up more room on the bamboo board, such as chunks of cheese. Cheeses are best served at room temperature, which means you need to take them out of the refrigerator and let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving.
2. Next, throw in the meats – lots of ‘em. Grab your favorite charcuterie and lay them over the cheese board, preferably in between the cheeses you assembled earlier. To make the arrangement look even nicer, it’s better to follow the shape of the cheese board. For example, if your cheese board is rounded, you can fan your meats and other food items out in half circles. Otherwise, you can just position the goodies in a straight line. Another tip, charcuterie meats look more gorgeous when they are folded. There are various ways to fold them, such as:
Triangles – Got round-shaped meats like ham? Fold the pieces in half and then half again, so you end up with a triangle. Enclose the sides of the triangles in between cheeses to keep them nicely folded in place.
Cones – Round-shaped charcuterie meats can also be folded to form little cones. Just like the first method, you need to keep them in between the other stuff on the cheese board, so they stay nicely arranged. This trick works best with salami and Soppressata.
Twists –Thinner meats can be laid down vertically and twisted a bit, so they form a few folds during the process.
Roses – Thinner meats like Genoa Salami can be folded in half around a wine glass until you've made a few layers of the meat. Turning the wine glass onto the board and lifting the glass away gives you a lovely meat rose.
3. Here comes the bread! Cut your favorite types of bread in thin slices, then fan them out on one side of the cheese board. You could also put crackers if you please and then keep an extra bowl of them if your guests want more.
4. Got extra spaces? Fill them with fruits. Now here’s the fun part – filling in the gaps! You can never go wrong with fruits on your platter, knowing they are juicy, refreshing, and nutritious! You can start with small pieces such as grapes or berries. If the fruits you have in mind are bigger, you can cut them into bite-sized pieces and arrange them nicely to fill out the spaces between meats and other goodies that are already on the board. Nuts are a good addition, too!
5. Add in some olives. If you like olives, now is the best time to use them. The good thing about olives is that they don’t take up much space and you can arrange them any way you want! Also, they add a pop of green color so you definitely must consider adding some.
6. Finish up with greens. Does your cheese board have little gaps at the edges and you don’t know what to put in? Grab some greens from the fridge and let them fill in the spaces and complete the cheese board surprise! Some options that work best for this purpose are arugula, basil, and lettuce. However, you can get any greens that tickle your fancy and use them as a garnish.
Deciding What to Put on a Cheese Board
When it comes to options, there are tons of cheese board ingredients to choose from. To help you decide faster, we’ve compiled some quick tips below.
Which cheeses are best?
With regards to cheese, variety is your best friend! But because there are heaps of cheeses in the market, the good rule of the thumb is to mix soft cheeses with hard ones like goat cheese and parmesan. In general, 3-5 varieties of cheeses are ideal.
If you still are having a difficult time on which cheeses to choose, start with:
A cheese with a familiar taste
A cheese with a thrilling flavor (could be one with a new flavor – you can grab anything you see in the grocery store!)
Two variants of milk cheese
An aged cheese to add depth to the flavor
To narrow down your many options, here are some cheese recommendations:
Sharp white cheddar
Which fruits and vegetables are best?
When it comes to fruits and veggies for cheese platters, these are our favorites:
Red peppers (fresh or roasted, if desired)
Greens (arugula, lettuce, basil)
Sliced toasted baguettes
Whole wheat biscuits
So there you have it – a fun- and flavor-packed cheese plate for any party. Remember, there is no one solid rule for pulling this off, and you can mix and match your food choices according to your liking. Keep in mind that cheeses should be cut into tiny pieces so they can be easily spread onto any other items on the cheese platter.
The last thing you need is the right cheese board for the job! We love our cheese board and cutlery set because it stores all the cheese knives you need conveniently in it's drawer. The charcuterie board is made of Moso Bamboo, known for its durability, it's power to keep odors and stains form the surface and it's eco-friendly too.
With our cheese board and knife set, you’re all set for the party!