Mastering the Art of the Perfect Cheese Platter

Tips for Making the Perfect Cheese Platter | Freckled Italian

As far as I'm concerned, no party is complete without a big cheese platter! We paired ours with some great La Crema wines and served it at our California brunch party. I thought I'd share some tips for making the perfect cheese plate, no matter what other food you're serving!

  • Create a nice variety of cheeses--we served an aged cheddar, cave-aged gouda, and some delicious manchego, which is one of my favorites because it's made with sheep's milk and has less lactose than other cheeses. These all paired really nicely with La Crema's Chardonnay, but wine and cheese tasting should be fun and adventurous, so be sure to experiment a little!
  • Make sure to include a softer, creamier cheese as well. Brie is always a great choice, but for this particular menu we went with a soft chèvre that we mixed with some local honey and then served alongside some really tasty and unusual gluten-free beet scones.
  • The more crackers, the better! Serve at least two different kinds, and include at least one gluten-free option if one or more of your guests have a gluten intolerance. Everyone should be able to enjoy a cheese platter if they want to!
  • Don't forget the fruit! Berries or grapes would be great, but when we went to the market the figs looked incredible so we went with those instead.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of La Crema. The opinions and text are all mine.

Photo credit: Courtney O'Dell of Sweet C's Designs.