How To Build The Ultimate Cheese Plate

I am so excited that December is here and the holiday season is upon us! Today for Healthy Food Friday with American Express let’s talk about an entertaining staple: How To Build The Ultimate Cheese Plate.

We have been entertaining so much lately and my favorite appetizer to throw together is a cheese plate. You can get so creative. And with this simple guide, you can put together some amazing flavor combinations that everyone will love! 

How To Build The Ultimate Cheese Plate | Lexi's Clean Kitchen & American Express 

How To Build It:

1. Platters 

Grab one or two platters. You may be surprised to find that you may already have things to use at home! 

  • Wooden Boards or Nice Wood Cutting Boards

  • Slate or Chalk Board

  • Marble Slab

2. Cheese (approximately 3 ounces per person)

Pick your variety of cheeses (3 or more) & add labels (P.S. separate knives for each cheese)

  • Aged: Cheddar, Gouda

  • Soft: Brie, Goat Cheese, Humboldt Fog, Fromager d’Affinois 

  • Firm: Manchego

  • Blue: Danish Blue, Gorgonzola

3. Crackers & Breads 

I always like an assortment that can work for anyone and everyone!

  • Gluten-free Crackers

  • Regular Crackers

  • Sliced Baguette

  • Breadsticks 

4. Meats

Cured meats are always great to accompany your cheeses.

  • Prosciutto

  • Salami

  • Pepperoni

*Try slicing your salami, tossing it in your favorite homemade teriyaki sauce, and broiling for 3-5 minutes!

 5. Nuts

Candied or regular nuts are a great accompaniment (or just to snack on)!

  • Candied Pecans or Walnuts

  • Marcona Almonds

  • Pistachios

  • Almonds 

 6. Something Sweet

Some fresh or dried fruit is always wonderful, along with jams (a must!).

  • Fresh Grapes

  • Fresh Figs

  • Melon

  • Sliced Apples

  • Dried Figs

  • Toffee Covered Almonds

  • Cut Up Chocolate Bar

  • Dried Apricots

  • Fig Jam

  • Honey

  • Red Pepper Jelly

 7. Other

Sometimes I’ll place a few bowls throughout the spread:

  • Roasted Red Peppers

  • Olives

  • Antipasto Salad

  • Artichokes 

 What do you add to your cheese plate?


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4 comments on “How To Build The Ultimate Cheese Plate

  • This is an awesome post. I’ve tried finding something straightforward and simple for someone who doesn’t know about the different types of cheese and it was so complicated. I had given up. This is JUST what I was looking for and I’m sure to impress my dinner guests.

  • Rosanne Dunkelberger says:

    I’m writing a story about holiday appetizers for our local lifestyle magazine in Tallahassee and I was hoping you would let me use you and your blog as a source for creating a charcuterie board. If you email me, I’ll be happy to share the details.

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