How To: Build a Cheese Plate
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Build the perfect party cheese platter. The below are just suggestions - make each cheese plate your own!
Serves: 6-8 as an appetizer
  • 4 ounces firm, sharp cheese (such as Asiago or Pecorino)
  • 4 ounces soft, mild cheese (such as Havarti or Brie)
  • 4 ounces spicy, crowd pleasing cheese (such as Pepper Jack or a black pepper crusted goat cheese)
  • 4 ounces soft, stinky cheese (ask your grocer or cheese monger which his or her favorite is - they vary widely but are always delicious slathered on bread)
  • 4 ounces prosciutto
  • 4 ounces salami (I like a fennel variety)
  • 4 ounces pate
  • roasted or sun-dried tomatoes
  • fresh cherry tomatoes
  • dried figs or medjool dates
  • mixed olives
  • sliced radishes
  • apple butter or quince paste
  • grapes and/or sliced apples
  • almonds and/or walnuts
  • thick, crusty bread
  • crackers
  1. Arrange on different plates or platters with enough small knives to as to not get into a fight over who gets to slice the Asiago or spear the Havarti first. Toothpicks can also be handy, and be sure to have a small bowl for any olive pits or discarded bits.
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at