Who doesn’t love cheese?! Every time someone asks me my advice in regards to appetizers, I without fail suggest a cheese display. Whether it is a big display or a smaller tray for an appetizer, or a before-dessert palate cleanser… cheese is the way to go!
To creatively design the perfect platter, I would be sure to include a vast variety of 9 different cheeses. All of this, of course, is depending on the size of the group. Not only does a variety *look* better, it also guarantees that it will satisfy (hopefully) all of your guests!
This particular customer requested French cheeses. I started with 5 soft cheeses, and then added four complimenting hard cheeses. I would always try to include fan favorites like Gruyere, Brie and Comté. Most quality grocery stores have a skilled cheese monger that will assist in choosing the variety. If not, do some research prior and take your list to the store with you. I was shocked to find that Murray’s Cheese out of New York City has cheese counters that can be found in Kroger’s!
I love to add extras to my platters and they are usually found near the cheese counters. I use nuts, dried fruits, jams, and honey — they add a tangy, sweet flavor and gives color and variety. When working with French cheeses, I had to include Pâté! I love a peppercorn and a truffle pâté, specifically by Alexian it is a wonderful compliment to the cheeses, and it’s gluten-free.
And be sure to go (almost) overboard on the crackers and breads –french baguette cut in small slices and an assortment of beautiful crackers. I love to add small tartines on a crunchy toast, for an extra special board!
French Cheese BoardPrint Recipe
- Breads (brioche,croissants and french baguettes)
- Dried fruits
Display the cheeses on platers and boards, I love marble and have a individual knife for each cheese. I also displayed with mini chalkboards so that I could identify the cheeses for the guest.
Be creative with your display have fun and follow a theme