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Cheese Platter - How to make a nice cheese platter
and what cheeses and fruits you should use

Cheese platter

We all know that the best friend of good wine is a nice cheese and fruit platter. However there are a lot of people whose knowledge about cheese is limited only to mozzarella and cheddar. I can't understand that, since cheese is one of the pleasures of life, healthier and tastier than dessert.

The cheese platter that I designed for this picture includes Fontina cheese, Brie, Baby Gouda, Aged Cheddar, Goat Cheese, Smoked Havarti With Jalapenos, Dried Apricots, fresh Grapes, Raisins, Pistachio Nuts and Bread Sticks. I believe that a good cheese and fruit platter should include some nuts, crackers or bread sticks, fresh fruit such as grapes or figs, dried fruit, soft and medium cheeses, and some spicier or aged cheese. Of course, nobody can tell you what is the perfect cheese platter, because we all have different tastes, but if you don't try different cheeses you'll never know.

Now, when we have selected all those great cheeses and fruits for our party platter, we suddenly realize that we need the actual platter to serve them. I can't give you a better advice than to use an wooden board for serving your cheese platter. The board from the picture is for serving bread, which you could guess from its shape, but if the cheese looks good in it there is nothing wrong to use it for cheese platter. A little unsalted butter and some warm crusty dinner rolls would be a nice complement for this platter. This cheese platter can be wrapped with cling wrap and refrigerated for many hours if you need to prepare it in advance for a party.

Cheers and enjoy.

 

Chef George Krumov
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.

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