ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to make a great look cheese platter

Updated on September 11, 2013

cheese platters

To fully appreciate a cheese’s flavour, aroma and texture, never serve it cold. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour or two before serving – less, in very hot weather – to allow it to come to room temperature (17ºC is ideal).

A classic platter usually includes:

  • Soft cheese, such as a ripe brie or camembert;
  • A sharp, semi-soft blue;
  • A firm yet buttery cheddar;
  • Or try a single variety, such as parmesan or goat’s cheese.

Serve your selection on a flat, wicker tray or a marble or wooden board. Don’t crowd the cheeses, so their flavours remain distinct, and supply a knife for each.

Classic accompaniments are best:crisp, unpeeled apple or pear slices (never acidic fruit, such as strawberries) and nuts, such as whole walnuts or hazelnuts. Dried fruits such as muscatels, dates and figs go well with most cheeses.

Always include a variety of crisp, mildly-flavoured crackers such as water crackers, wholemeal crispbread or lavash, and a range of interesting breads: say, a crusty sourdough and a fruit-and-nut bread.

Fruit pastes including quince, fig or cabernet perfectly partner stronger, firmer cheeses such as vintage cheddar. Try a bowl of honey or maple syrup to accompany a robust blue; or a few leaves of rocket and some semi-dried tomato with a fresh goat’s cheese.

cranberry cheese dip & crackers

do you make cheese platters?

How many times a year do you make a cheese platter ?

See results


1 12-ounce bag or 3 cups fresh Cranberries, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup minced green onions
2 small (approximately 2 tablespoons) jalapeno chili peppers , cored, seeded and minced
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, minced
2 tablespoons finely-grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezedlemon juice
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
Cranberries and/or cilantro sprigs for garnish

Rinse, drain, and pick over cranberries, . Place them in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped but not mushy.

The cranberries go into a bowl; mix them together with green onions, jalapeno peppers, sugar, cilantro leaves, ginger, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours so flavours develop.

On a serving plate, place cream cheese; cover with the dip. Garnish, if desired, and served with crackers.

Serve with a complementary dessert Wine

Making a cheese platter


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Great posting Barry, am enjoying exploring your many and varied interests!

    • Betty Reid profile image

      Betty Reid 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Sounds like great advice. I love wine and cheese, but I never got this fancy. Thanks for the advice!

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I love chesse but hubby hates it so no chesse platter here unless we have company

    • Princessa profile image

      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      We have a cheese platter after every meal! I make sure to always include at least a soft cheese, a blue one and a hard one.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you very much charanjeet kaur I am pleased the effect it had on you !

    • charanjeet kaur profile image

      charanjeet kaur 

      9 years ago from Delhi

      What a mouth watering hub, lol. thanks for such a well informed hub. Will use it for our next get togther.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Petra Vlah and ExpandYourMind for your much appreciated comments !

    • ExpandYourMind profile image


      9 years ago from Midwest USA

      Delicious hub -- thanks for sharing this info. I will use it at my next gathering.

    • Petra Vlah profile image

      Petra Vlah 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      What a treat! Thank you for the beautiful presentation as well; I almost feel hungry now (to late to eat though). Will keep in mind your suggestions and use them next time


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)