Create the Perfect Cheese Platter

The humble cheese platter has come a long way. The fantastic range of cheeses that has been developed over the past 20 years has given us more choice than ever before.

Try these suggestions:

  • Pyengana cheddar (TAS)

  • Millawa goat camembert (VIC)

  • Bleu de laqueuille (FRANCE)

  • Quince or fig jam or paste

  • Muscatel grapes

  • Fresh pear

  • Fresh apple

  • Rocket leaves

  • Table crackers

  • Sourdough bread

  • Walnut bread

Things to consider:
  • Choose a theme for your platter. Whether it's region, style of cheese or strength of flavour. That way you can present a variety of cheeses while ensuring one flavour doesn't dominate.
  • There are no rules when it comes to making a cheese platter. Once you have your cheese, try experimenting with your own favourite accompaniments such as pear, apple, quince or figs.
  • Match the strength and texture of the bread with the cheese. As a general rule, soft cheeses go with light crusty breads while stronger breads go with more tangy breads such sourdoughs. Walnut bread gives you that nutty flavour that goes so well with cheese, without being overpowering.
  • As for wine, choose whichever works for you. Try light whites with fresh, mild cheeses; full-bodied, older reds with mature, hard cheddars; and stickies or sweet fortified wines with goats blue cheeses.
  • Provide a separate knife for each cheese so that you don't taste blue when cutting brie.

Equipment and Suppliers
Simon Johnson Purveyor of Fine Foods
181 Harris Street
Pyrmont NSW Sydney

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