Making a cheese board yourself – simple ideas and tips

How to make a sensational cheese platter with simple steps

Arrange a cheese platter yourself – what is there to keep in mind?

At Christmas or New Year’s Eve, a cheese platter is a popular theme. But even on occasions during the year, a cheese platter is always a small sensation that more than pleases all guests. When special pieces of cheese delight the palate, the guests will talk about this delightful magic for a long time to come.

Creative tower construction on cheese boards
Creative tower construction on cheese boards

A practical feature of our local alpine dairy shops is that you can order ready-made cheese boards for a certain number of people. Our ladies are always very motivated to spoil the regional customers with cheese artworks.

Since we unfortunately cannot send you a finished cheese platter variation by mail, we thought we would put together a cheese platter from our dairy store as a photo gallery for you.

A beautifully presented cheese platter is a highlight of a cosy get-together, both in terms of taste and appearance. With little effort, a cheese board can also be easily created by yourself.

My first cheese plate – the right amount of cheese and cheese order

  • If the cheese platter is intended as a main course (snack), then a cheese quantity of approx. 170-180 g cheese per person is recommended.
  • However, if the cheese platter is intended as a dessert, then approx. 80 g of cheese per person should be calculated.
  • Five to nine cheese types or seasoning levels are ideal.
  • The cheese clock method: The cheese clock is a good guideline for arranging the cheese on the cheese board. The cheese arrangement goes from mild to spicy. This also reflects the order in which the cheese is eaten.

It is important to remove the cheese from the refrigerator at least half an hour (better an hour) before serving. This is the only way to get its full aroma from soft cheese fats.

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How do you decorate a cheese platter properly?

Anyone who wants to present cheese “emotionally” should pay attention to the occasion. If a snack or a snack is on the agenda, then a presentation on a clean wooden board is always a feast for the eyes.

The more stylish (festive) the celebration with cheese, the more important tablecloths and plates become. Use a white tablecloth and decorate the table with a few small boxes under the tablecloth and you have different heights for the staging of the various cheese hills, where you only cut a few pieces and the remaining piece of cheese as a whole usually shows special effect. That’s why 400 g pieces of cheese are ideal for ordering for the purpose of “cheese platter”.

Our proposal for the decoration of a cheese board for connoisseurs
Our proposal for the decoration of a cheese board for connoisseurs

Which cheese types and cheese themes should you choose?

A fruit/nut cheese board offers you many possibilities with the composition and decoration. Such a cheese board is quickly assembled and is well received by your guests.

For an exciting selection of cheeses it is a good idea to present 5 to 9 different types of cheese. It is ideal, but also not mandatory, if the cheeses differ in texture from – soft to hard – as well as from the raw materials (type of milk) from cow, sheep, goat to buffalo.

It is always great to arrange cheeses thematically by country and to put together different cheeses from Switzerland, France or Italy, for example. There are no limits to creativity here.

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NEVER WITH CHEESE PLATTERS: SPICES!

Not recommended are decorations with sprinkled pepper or paprika, lemons, sour vegetables such as pickled gherkins, etc.

Fruit, raw vegetables, dried figs/plums, pear slices or radishes supplement the cheese platter as side dishes. However, the design of the cheese board can also follow a theme and, for example, be Mediterranean (with olives and fresh figs).

Tips for decorative materials:

  • Pome fruit: Pears and apple to sliced cheese and hard cheese
  • Grapes: are popular all-rounders. A selection of green or blue seedless grapes is ideal.
  • Nuts: Walnut halves are beautiful and decorative. Roasted pumpkin seeds also go well with cheese – but only the unsalted ones.
  • Vegetables/salads/herbs/spices: They are great for preparing salads and starters. But not for preparing a cheese platter.
  • Flowers: Can be seasonal eye-catchers for cheese platters and cheese buffets. However, they must be absolutely clean and naturally edible. Marigolds or nasturtium flowers in various colours are suitable here.
Cheese knife from WMF
Cheese knife from WMF

Finally – the right cheese tool

The matching cutting tools contribute to the final enjoyment of the cheese platter:

  • Have the right cheese knife ready for every type of cheese. A soft cheese knife for soft cheese and a cheese knife or cheese axe for sliced and hard cheese.
  • Make sure you have your own knife for each type of cheese. In this way you can prevent the taste of hot or spicy cheese from mixing with mild varieties and, if necessary, mould spores from fine fungal cheese from getting onto other cheeses.

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