7 Steps to the Perfect Cheese Plate
With the holidays just around the corner, a cheese plate is a perfect appetizer for entertaining and an easy way to impress your guests! Follow our steps below to make your perfect cheese board.
Step One: Pick your board
Pick your favorite cutting board or serving platter – even a cookie sheet will do! Make sure you have a cheese knife, and any other serving utensils you may need.
Step Two: Add your cheeses
- The TEXTURE of your cheeses – soft, semi firm, hard/aged cheeses
- The TYPE of cheese – cow, sheep, goat, vegan
Display the cheeses in different forms – spears, wedges, cubes, whole.
Separate strong smelling cheeses.
Try to serve at least one familiar cheese. Our favorite: Dirty Girl from Prodigal Farms. This mild but complex cheese makes a unique addition to any cheese plate!
Step Three: Add something salty
Start filling in the open spaces on your board. Something salty always pairs nicely with a creamy cheese! Our favorite additions:
- Charcuterie – salami, sausage, prosciutto
- Nuts – Marcona almonds, roasted peanuts, pistachios
- Olives, Roasted red peppers, Pickled veggies
Step Four: Add something sweet
Once you’ve added salty, you need to contrast it with something sweet!
- Dried apricots, Sliced apples and pears, Grapes
Step Five: Add a selection of crackers and bread
Pile on the carbs! Add a selection of crackers for you guests – you’ll want to vary the taste and texture for these as well. Breadsticks and crostini are a nice touch too!
Step Six: Add condiments
Our favorite choice of condiments is obviously HONEY! You can add a variety of condiments to your cheese plate easily – especially if they already come in cute little jars.
Additions: jams, chutneys, fancy mustards, caponata, tapenade, nut butter
Step Seven: Enjoy!
Embrace some organized chaos – arrange everything in deliberate piles and then dig in! Don’t forget to pair with your favorite Honeygirl Mead!
For the perfect Honeygirl pairings, check out our suggestions below for some awesome flavor combinations!