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A cheese plate is perfect for an appetizer, party or date-night in! This cheese plate has all kinds of Italian meats, cheeses and other necessary goodies!
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I would rather have a cheese plate over any other meal, dessert, appetizer, anything. This is my ultimate favorite and luckily my husband loves it too so I don’t have to eat it alone 😉 We received a bunch of super neat cheese plates and kitchen gadgets from our wedding so a cheese board was in order. Although you totally can eat this as a meal, this makes an awesome appetizer for a small to large gathering.
I’m going to tell you some of my favorite ingredients use and how you can make a cheese plate too!
Here are some other epic alternatives. I typically like to use 2-4 cheeses, 2-3 meats, 2-3 different cracker assortments, 1 fresh fruit option, 1 dried fruit option, 1 type of nut. This certainly all depends on the size of your cheese plate. If you have more room, add more! The more, the merrier 🙂
- camembert, goat cheese, blue cheese or gorgonzola, fresh mozzarella or burrata
- sharp white cheddar, smoked gouda, manchego, parmigiano reggiano
- mortadella, coppa, chorizo, capocollo
- strawberries, blueberries, cherries, apples, figs, grapes
- apricots, cherries
- walnuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans
These are the exact ingredients I used to make this cheese plate. This is not an advertisement, I bought all of my ingredients at Trader Joe’s because I love their cheese selection!
How To Make a Cheese Plate
- Port Salute Cheese
- Triple Cream Brie cheese
- Toscano cheese with black pepper
- Gruyere cheese
- spicy soppressata
- dried fruit; I used dried figs
- nuts; I used almonds
- fresh fruit; I used blackberries
- Carr's crackers
- Fig & Olive Crisps
- Parmesan Crisps
- Simply start by placing the bigger items on your cheese board first. I arranged the cheeses and small bowls (for the olives) first. Use more small bowls to add dips or spreads if you have the space! I love to have an assortment of hard and soft cheeses. Also, a variety of color and shapes of the cheeses are appealing to the eye as well!
- Next, add the meats and crackers- you can fold or lay the meats down by the cheeses.
- Fill in the extra spaces with fruits and nuts- I like to add a variety of dried and fresh fruits. Enjoy!