Curating a Cheese Platter

Cheese platter Curating a Cheese Platter

The best cheese platter is a result of careful curation. It doesn’t take much culinary skill to pull together a thoughtfully delicious spread. Over the years, I have kept track of my favorite offerings, sometimes swapping in new discoveries or seasonally appropriate foods.

When gathering cheeses, I think is important to include a variety of textures and various flavor profiles. I include a blue cheese, a goat cheese, one washed rind cheese, a hard cheese and often a pressed curd variety. A few of my current favorites are Humboldt Fog from Cypress Valley and an ash-covered goat cheese I recently discovered.

Over the past decade, in tandem with the local and natural food movement, dozens of small, local dairies have popped up all over the country. When traveling, I seek small goat farms and local creameries. Often, you can visit the farms where you will meet some of the hardest working, dedicated foodies around.

Rooster crackers Curating a Cheese Platter

Of course, a focal element of my cheese platters are the chocolate pairings. The Rooster truffle is a must. It was my first serious exploration into the combination of cheese and chocolate. It combines taleggio cheese with organic walnuts and bittersweet, dark chocolate. Eating the pyramidal truffle alongside other cheeses will help the palate discover more of the cheese nuances in the dark chocolate ganache. I often place other truffles and chocolate bars near cheeses that would serve as appropriate pairings. Try to pair light flavors with white chocolate and stronger flavors with darker chocolate. Your guests experimentations with the best combinations will be part of the fun.

Non cheese accouterments such as dried fruits, nuts, crackers, honey or preserves, are as important to the presentation as the right accessories are to a perfect outfit. They provide additional textures, aromas and flavors to enhance the cheeses. A few of my must-haves are charcoal crackers from The Fine Cheese Company (they can be found at specialty food stores), Rock Creek Crisps and any type of local honey.

The non-edibles are also worth consideration. When arranging my grouping of cheese, chocolate and accouterments, I prefer a large, wooden board. The bigger the better for a grand, jaw dropping, gluttonous display! I am also particularly attached to my white handled cheese knives.

cheese knives Curating a Cheese Platter

No need to hold off on entertaining because you can’t tackle a large, culinary feat. Just practice pulling together your favorite cheeses, experiment with pairings and buy a few bottles of wine. Your guests will surely be impressed and palates will be pleased.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

8 Responses to “Curating a Cheese Platter”

  1. You can find different types of content management systems
    in the industry. These small businesses hired local
    teenagers tto deliver products to other businesses and many were parishioners at the local churches and synagogues.
    If you are trying to generate new leads for your business, your
    web design needs to encourage users to take action by putting your ccapture forms front and
    center aand then enticing them to submit their information by
    offering incsntives such as freebies or exclusive discounts.

  2. Janessa says:

    If you want your website to be always remembered by the visitor then make sure your
    website is completely professional. Joomla is considered one of the most pooular Content Control Techniques (CMS).

    To achieve this, you need to hire a web designer who knows how the corporate
    world looks and functions.

  3. You could definitely see your expertise in the work you write.
    The world hopes for more passionate writers such as
    you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. At all
    times follow your heart.

  4. I do accept as true with all the concepts you’ve introduced to your post. They’re very convincing and will certainly work. Still, the posts are too brief for newbies. May you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  5. Tawnya says:

    It can cause serious injury when you try to fix it.
    If there is any probhlem with the safety sensors,
    the light bulb on some openers wkll flash many times aand the garage door will
    not close unless steady pressure is used to the wall button mounted inside the garage.
    The tension in the lift springs when released can snap back and cause serious injury or worse.

    Feel free to visit my blog post: emergency garage door respair tampa
    (Tawnya)

  6. Caitlin says:

    Brand your self and your web page. Would you create a web page
    that looked and smelled like all of your competitors?
    I hope not! Your Facebook web page should really not be any different!

    Be bold. facebook likes buy [Caitlin]

  7. gw timeshare services…

    Curating a Cheese Platter | Peace Love & Chocolate…

  8. Stephan says:

    And the last one of the bewst website ideas that make money
    online (Stephan) iss
    making money online with gootle adsense program. You could write about the review on these products.
    com requires a bio, photo, aand a pay pal account so they can pay you.

Leave a Reply