When we are in a pinch for time, or nothing else feels right for an appetizer or dessert, we fall back on the cheese plate. Why? Almost no prep, it’s easy, and nearly everyone loves cheese.
Here’s how we present our cheese in a few easy steps.
Step 1. Use a clean decorative cutting board or parchment paper.
Step 2. Buy one soft, one hard, and one fragrant cheese (our favorites are: Drunken Goat or Manchego, Triple Cream Brie, Gorgonzola.
Step 3. Add either fresh grapes, sliced pears, dried apricots, and an assortment of your favorite nut to the platter or paper.
Step 4. Place cheese knives either next to, under, or in the cheese you’re serving.
Step 5. If you have an opportunity to get honeycomb, do so (parchment paper helps with this clean up).
Step 5. Buy some good crackers. Sometimes a variety box from Trader Joes is perfect and other times, we go for Lesley Stowe’s Crisps (they are very addictive). Lately, our new favorite is the Natural Crisps by 34 Degrees.
Step 6. Enjoy!
Now that we’ve got our cheese together, let’s discuss how to cut the cheese (we know, the jokes write themselves). A friend who lived in France clued us in that cheese should usually be cut from an angle and through the rind—it helps other people you are sharing with get a better cut. A quick google search confirmed this with some additional tips from Martha Stewart:
“When preparing a cheese plate, make a few slices to get guests started (and avoid a mess later on)…Slice the cheese with the rind on; guests can discard it on their plates.”
It’s our understanding this also helps others get their share of delicious cheese more easily. In fact, the September 2014 issue of “Martha Stewart Living” also included these helpful diagrams:
Another faux pas avoided—now start cutting the cheese!