You are wondering if it’s the right season to serve a delicious ceramic cheese platter to your guests? The answer is definitely yes! There is no time that isn’t perfect for a cheese platter. Now, with the holiday season coming up and winters calling for beautiful picnics in the park, an Australian cheese platter is all you need to have a relaxing day with the people you love most.
But, how does one go about creating the perfect cheese platter for their family and friends? Talking to cheesemongers can be pretty intimidating. They use words like gloomy and lactic when talking of cheese, leaving our minds confused about what they could mean. Don’t worry, though!
Maree Davidson is here to ensure your cheese platter is not only delicious but also looks spectacular! Our ceramic cheese platter rectangles make the perfect board to display all your cheeses and the accompanying goodies. To make it even easier, below, you will find some essential tips to ensure your cheese platter is nothing short of perfection!
Let’s get cheesy.
Tips for Serving a Ceramic Cheese Platter
1. Include a Variety of Flavors and Textures
All kinds of cheese can be categorized based on their texture. There is aged, soft, firm, or blue cheese, with everyone having their preferences and opinions on what the best kind is. Since you’ll be serving the cheese platter to various people, it is best to include something for everyone.
Choose at least one kind of cheese from each category, and be sure to research which types go well together. You can place them next to each other for a better, more cohesive cheese-tasting experience.
P.S. Bon Appétit recommends staying as far away from flavored cheese as possible. Yes, people may enjoy ranch-flavored cheese in their burgers. But does that earn it a spot in our sophisticated cheese platter Australia? No way!
2. Have At Least One Familiar Cheese
Cheese platters are a great way to introduce new cheeses to your pallet and test out the different flavors and textures. However, it would help if you kept in mind that too much of a new thing in one go can be quite overwhelming. Also, consider the fact that not all of your guests would be in the mood to experiment.
That is why it’s always better to have at least one ‘safe’ choice in the form of a familiar cheese. Trust us, your guests (and probably your taste buds too!) will thank you for it!
3. Add a Selection of Bread
Carbs are a must for any cheeseboard; there is no other way to put it. You will need your carbs to cut through the cheesiness and offer your taste buds a little break before diving into yet another type of cheese.
When picking out a selection of carbs for your platter, stick to sliced baguettes and breadsticks. You can also add some crackers for a more balanced option. Be sure to place them artfully in a couple of different spots on the board and use this variety to your benefit.
4. Salty and Sweet Items Both
Whenever you look up cheese platters online in Australia, you will come across pictures of boards with various sweet and savory items. It tends to confuse people as all the different components don’t seem to go together. But, they don’t have to!
Different items are meant to go along with different categories of cheese. Therefore, adding cured meats like salami, speck, or prosciutto while also having blueberries or honey in your platter can do wonders to enhance the taste and under notes of flavors. You should add your cured meats in a variety of ribbons, slices, and cubes for an even better mouth feel.
5. Have Separate Knives for Each Cheese
One of the most important things to remember is to have different knives for each type of cheese. It will prevent the tastes from getting mingled up and ruining the experience of cheese tasting. Also, remember that soft cheeses will only need a butter knife, but harder ones like pecorino or gruyere will need a pairing knife to cut through.
For your aged cheeses, it is best to have a proper cheese plane to prevent them from crumbling everywhere and creating a mess. Also, have some olive forks or ceramic tasting spoons for your guest’s ease.
6. Add Some Finishing Touches
Sure delicious cheese is the highlight of your cheese platter, but you also want to make sure the board looks good and has some color to it. The best way to do this is by adding some additional elements apart from the cheese.
We recommend doing this through different drizzles based on the kinds of cheese you have. Honey, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar are all great options to drizzle over cheese for an extra burst of flavor. You can also add fresh and dried fruits, along with candied walnuts and roasted pepitas, for a genuinely comprehensive cheese platter.