How to Create the Perfect Grazing Platter for Your Next Party

How to Create the Perfect Grazing Platter for Your Next Party
How to make a Cheese Grazing Platter

How to create the perfect grazing platter for your next party

How to Create the Perfect Grazing Platter for Your Next Party

Discover the art of making a delightful, visually stunning grazing platter that will impress your guests and elevate your cheeseboard game. Our step-by-step guide will take you through the process of crafting a fabulous grazing platter that combines an array of savoury and sweet treats for everyone to enjoy.

Step 1: Choose the Ideal Platter or Board

To start, select a large, flat platter or a beautiful wooden cheeseboard to arrange your grazing delights. The right platter sets the tone for your board, so ensure it's spacious enough to accommodate all the ingredients you plan to include.

Step 2: Choose a Selection of Cheese & Accompaniments

A well-balanced grazing platter boasts a variety of flavours, textures, and colours. Consider including the following elements:

  1. Cheese Selection: Offer an enticing variety of cheeses such as Black Bob Mature Cheddar, Jerk Spice Cheddar, Traditional Cheshire, and our delightful new Smokewood Red Leicester. Cater to different tastes by offering a diverse range of cheese options.
  1. Charcuterie Delights: Enhance the platter with an assortment of cured meats, including prosciutto, salami, chorizo, or smoked ham, adding savoury depth to the overall experience.
  1. Crackers and Bread: Complement the cheeses and cold cuts with an array of crackers, cheese biscuits, breadsticks, or slices of baguette, providing crunch.
  1. Fresh Fruits: Incorporate a mix of seasonal fruits, such as grapes, succulent berries, figs, or refreshing slices of apple and pear, adding a touch of freshness to your grazing board.
  1. Dried Fruits and Chocolate: Satisfy sweet cravings with dried fruits like apricots, cranberries, or dates, or indulge with premium chocolate for the perfect sweet bite or cheese pairing.
  1. Nuts: Offer a selection of nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or cashews.
  1. Olives and Pickles: Infuse some briny flavours by including a selection of olives, pickles, or marinated vegetables – we love our premium Olives supplied by Olives Et Al.
  1. Dips and Spreads: Provide a range of delightful dipping options with bowls of hummus, tzatziki, honey, or jam. Don't forget to add the chutney, perfect for pairing with your cheeses. Local honey works well with our Cheshire and Black Bob Cheddar cheese.
  1. Fresh Vegetables: Consider adding pops of colour and freshness by incorporating vegetable sticks like carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber slices.

Step 3: Arrange the Platter with Style

Begin by placing larger items like cheeses and bowls of dips on the platter as anchor points. Then, carefully fill in the gaps with the remaining ingredients, ensuring an even distribution of colours and textures to create an appealing presentation. Get creative with the arrangement!

Step 4: Garnish for the Perfect Finish

To add a finishing touch, garnish with fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or basil. Edible flowers can also add an exquisite touch, enhancing both the aesthetics and flavours of the platter.

Step 5: Serve and Savour your Cheeseboard Experience 

Once your grazing platter is ready, serve it to your guests with small plates and napkins for easy enjoyment. Encourage your guests to mix and match the various components to create their own delectable bites!

Remember, the beauty of a grazing platter lies in its versatility, so don't be afraid to experiment and tailor it to your and your guests' preferences. Happy grazing!