By Michael Harris-Arzon, The Simplistic Professional
There is something so right about walking into a party and seeing a delicious array of cheeses, fruits, meats, crackers and breads spread out on a wooden board.
It beckons to me like, shrimp or seafood does to others. I crave it and have always said that for my last meal, I would want prosciutto, brie and a baguette of french bread. Then I could die a happy man.
Creating a great cheese platter/board is quite easy and very impressive. Choose a few bottles of reds and white wines to accompany and satisfy the varying taste buds of your guests and you there is no need for passed Hors Devour.
- Brie Cheese
- Blue Cheese
- Farmer’s Cheese
- Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese
- Aged White Cheddar Cheese
- Muenster Cheese
- Red Grapes
- Apple Slices
- 1-2 lemons
- Raspberries or Blackberries
- Basil Pesto
- Sliced Hard Salami
- 2-3 Types of Crackers
- Sliced Baguette of French Bread
- To make your cheese board more interesting, take a couple of large mixing bowls of different sizes and place upside down on your table. Cover with a table cloth. This creates height by allowing you to place plates or platters on top of the upside down bowls.
- Slice your baguettes into 1″ slices. Set aside for a moment.
- Slice your apples (peel on) and place into a small mixing bowl. Squeeze the juice of your lemons over the apples and toss. This will keep them from turning brown. Let sit to the side for a few minutes until you are ready to place on your cheese board.
- Slice your salami into thin slices. Set aside for a moment.
- Separate your pieces of prosciutto and lightly drape them into folds for height. It also makes it easier for guests to choose one piece at a time without the individual pieces of meat getting stuck together.
- Place your plates, platters or cutting boards across your covered area for serving. For the raised areas I recommend using a plate on top for stability.
- At one end, designate an area for your wines, glasses, small plates and napkins.
- Take your various wedges and chucks of cheese and spread them through out your serving board. Then add your pesto and hummus in appropriate spots. Finish by adding your fruits, crackers, breads, meats between and around the cheeses. Tip: Keep all of your strawberries together, berries in another spot, apple slices together to to create a nice buffet look.
- Let your creativity shine through.
- Welcome each guest as they arrive and encourage them to try the wine and cheeses.
- Sit back and enjoy a nice evening with friends and family.