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Cheese Platter Suggestions

Making a Cheese Platter

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The best way to select cheese when you're making a cheese platter is to visit your local cheese shop and talk to the cheese monger behind the counter. Let them know what type of gathering you’re hosting and the sales person should be happy to suggest many different types of cheese and offer samples. They should also be able to help you decide how much cheese to buy and what other accompaniments you’ll need. If they really know their stuff, they’ll also help you select wine, beer or other beverages to pair with the cheese.

If a cheese monger isn't available, below are some cheese platter suggestions that will make an interesting and unforgettable cheese platter.

Dessert Cheese Platter

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If you’re serving cheese at the end of a meal, buy cheese that has a decadent texture and mild or slightly sweet flavor.

  • Mild Dessert Cheese Platter: Carmody, Hoja Santa, Cremont
  • Bold Dessert Cheese Platter: Acapella, Rogue River Blue, Roth Kase Gruyere

  • More dessert cheese suggestions

Spanish Cheese Platter

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Manchego is a well-known crowd pleaser and a delicious cheese, but Spain has much more to offer.

  • Mild Spanish Cheese Plate: Tetilla, Drunken Goat, Zamarano
  • Bold Spanish Cheese Plate: Monte Enebro, Valdeon/Cabrales, Aged Mahon

To complete the platter, garnish it with tasty accompaniments from Spain.

French Cheese Platter

You can’t go wrong with French cheese. Serve with a sliced baguette and nothing more – the cheese will speak for itself.

  • Mild French Cheese Platter: Brillat Savarin, Saint Andre, Abbaye de Belloc, Mimolette
  • Bold French Cheese Platter: Selles-sur-Cher, Bleu d’Auvergne, Comte

Swiss Cheese Platter

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If you think Swiss cheese is a thin slice of flabby cheese with holes, you’re in for a delicious surprise. Serve fresh fruit and cured meats with these full-flavored cheeses.

  • Mild Swiss Cheese Platter: Sbrinz, Gruyere, Dallenwiler Geisskase
  • Bold Swiss Cheese Platter: Der Sharfe Maxx, Hoch Ybrig, Appenzeller

American Cheese Platter

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Explore the American artisanal cheeses made in your region; many of them probably aren’t widely available in other parts of the country. If you still need more suggestions, the cheeses listed here are typically available in cheese shops all across the country.

  • Mild American Cheese Platter: Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert, Cocoa Cardona, Dry Jack
  • Bold American Cheese Platter: Great Hill Blue, Constant Bliss, Red Hawk
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