Everybody loves cheese, from soups to dessert; you can never go wrong with adding some cheese to it. This is why it is a perfect idea to serve it at your party, and however, if you’re going to be serving cheese to a party with over a hundred guests, you may have some serious amount of cheese on your hands, from thinking of how to cut the cheese, how many types to serve, and how to make it into the perfect cheese board. That is why in this article, we are going to give you some tips and tricks on how to serve cheese at a party.
Serving Cheese as a Starter
The best way to serve cheese as a starter is by making a cheese platter. It is a great way to stimulate the taste buds before the main course. Not only that, but a cheese platter is also perfect if you want to impress your guests early on. When making a cheese platter, make sure that you give your guests a selection of soft and hard cheeses as well as crackers and dried fruits for different flavors and textures. Parmesan, Danablu, and Brie are the safest cheese that you can choose because we can guarantee that even picky guests can enjoy them. Remember not to serve too much cheese platter because starters should never leave your guests feeling full.
Serving Cheese as a Dessert
If you think serving a cheese platter as a starter is too cliché, then you can try treating your guests to a cheese platter as a dessert. This way, they have something to cleanse their palate while finishing off any leftover wine from the main course. Not only that, if you serve a cheese platter as a dessert, no one will leave your party hungry.
How to Make Your Own Cheese Platter
- Choose a cheese platter – The first thing that you need to do before you make a cheese platter is to pick a platter or cheese board that is big enough to hold all of your cheeses as well as meats, biscuits, and fruits. Aside from that, you will also need some cheese markers and cheese knives.
- Use a variety of cheese – When making a cheese platter, make sure that you use at least three to five different kinds of cheeses. It would be best if you mix some basic cheeses and a few seasonal kinds of cheese. You can also mix it up with varying textures like semi-firm, hard, and soft.
- Be creative with your cheese – When making a cheese platter, do not forget to be more creative with your cheese presentation. You can cut them into wedges or cubes, and you can also serve them whole, sliced, or rolled up. But whatever you do, stay away from pre-sliced cheese because slicing the cheese yourself makes it way fresher, and you can have all the control over how you want your cheese to be sliced.
- Choose the accompaniments for your cheese – There’s no limit when you’re selecting foods that can pair with your cheese. But always remember, when you’re making a cheese platter, make sure you consider the texture, color, and variety. Make sure that it will all help to elevate the flavor of your cheeses. The most popular cheese platter accompaniments are cured meat such as prosciutto and dried salami, crackers, baguettes, or crusty bread. You can also add fresh seasonal fruits, candied nuts, and even plain nuts. Finish your cheese platter by adding something sweet such as honey, chocolate, or jam.
Tips For Making the Perfect Cheese Platter
- Make sure to bring the cheese to room temperature – If you want your cheeses to be more manageable when slicing, or to look fresher, then you have to take it out of the fridge and let it cool down to room temperature. Cold temperature can mute some flavors of the cheeses.
- Select your cheeses with care – Remember, your cheese selections are going to be the backbone of your cheese platter, so you cannot just use whatever cheese you find in the supermarket. As we mentioned, it is good if you get a variety of cheese with different flavors and textures. Make sure that you serve at least one well-known cheese because not everyone is adventurous to try new flavors.
- Label your cheese – This tip is beneficial, especially if you have guests that are trying some new kind of cheese because they probably want to know its name before they try it. Putting labels on your cheese can also keep you from repeating yourself every time someone asks what kinds of cheese are in your cheese platter.
- Always remember to ask for help – Even if you’re not friends with cheesemakers, you can still get some inside scoop about cheeses from your local cheesemonger. If you’re confused or do not know which cheese to use, you can ask them for help and suggestions so you would know which unique cheese is in its perfect ripeness.
- Do not let your guest cut the cheese by themselves – Make sure that you pre-cut at least have the cheese so that your guests can easily pick and try the cheeses on the platter. This trick can also help make sure that every guest is going to get an even slice, and no one will leave a sad cheese shell behind.