A cheese platter is a winner at any social gathering, any time of year. Nathan Johnson, head chef at Felix and ivy, shares his top 10 tips for creating a next level cheese platter that will impress your guests.
- Plan for about 120 g of cheese per guest.
- Visit a specialty cheese shop as it will allow you to taste the cheese before buying.
- If you’re time poor, the Smelly Cheese Shop has a great selection you can order online.
- Crowding a cheese platter can be a good thing as it gives the sense of abundance – the more crowded the better!
- Combine both dried fruit, such as muscatels, with fresh Granny Smith apple slices and figs for textural contrast.
- Offer plain crackers as well as more interesting ones, such as fig toasts and oat cakes.
- Always aim to have a hard, soft and a blue cheese on your platter. Felix is a French restaurant, we have to recommend the strong stinky blues!
- Let the cheeses rest for 30 minutes out of the fridge before serving. Room temperature will greatly enhance the subtlety of flavours.
- Choose cheeses made from different types of milk, i.e. cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s, or mixed milk.
- Keep presentation high by cutting the cheeses on a separate board before transferring to your final serving platter.
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