Contrasts Your cheese platter needs a range of flavours, textures, shapes and colours. Match the sourness of blue cheese and the saltiness of feta with the sweetness of a fruit paste and the earthiness and crunch of crackers to be sure your board will strike the right chord!
Temperature All cheese needs to be served at room temperature. While this is partly about texture, it’s mostly about taste – as the cheese warms up it becomes much more flavoursome. So, a little bit of planning is important. Take your cheeses out of the fridge at least half an hour before serving.
Presentation Cheese is rustic food at its best, so go with it and don’t try too hard to control the way things look. A dollop of this, a pile of that and a scatter of something else. Don’t make it too neat – your platter will look much more appealing. A rough-hewn piece of timber (even a board you have lying around – just give it a light sand and clean) can work brilliantly to keep your platter on theme.
Tip: Use a separate knife for each cheese so subtle flavours aren’t overpowered