If there’s one thing that I miss terribly in France, it’s a cheese platter! Typically French, I was luckily able to recreate a yummy Australian one that I now bring almost every time I go to a friend’s house. I am the cheese platter lady!
So, what do you need to buy if you want to make a real French cheese board that will impress everyone?
First, the cheeses
You’ll need a mix of different types: hard, soft, blue, creamy… I usually have a Brie, a goat cheese, gorgonzola and camembert. Vary the pleasures and the tastes! Best one I’ve tried so far: “Fromager d’Affinois” that I find at Coles. The cheeses need to be out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before degustation to taste the best!
Crackers and bread
Cheese tastes amazing on a crunchy baguette. In France, we usually have our platters only with fresh bread but I’ve noticed in Australia it’s more common to have crackers. So if you can’t have bread, try to buy at least two types of crackers, they will bring out the cheese differently! “Kettle” Sea Salt and Olina’s Fig & Black Olive crackers are my favourites. Brown crackers will go best with blue, strong cheese and white crackers with creamier ones.
Salami and ham
Because you don’t want just cheese on your platter! If you’re vegetarian, skip this step. Cured meats are unmissable with your cheese.
For the salami, have a mild and a spicy one. Usually, the mild one will be more “pink” and the spicy one, red, like the Spain flag where it comes from!
As for the ham I recommend prosciutto. White ham tastes too plain for me. Proscuitto will combine perfectly with blue cheese and a strawberry!
Olives and dry fruits
I love adding olives and dry fruits to my cheese platter, even just for the look! Choose black and green olives and mix it with your cheeses to see what you prefer. Dry apricots, figs, prunes and apples will also make a tasteful combination with your hard cheese. You can also add nuts like almonds, cashews and peanuts for a crack with the softness of the cheese in your mouth! Don’t forget to include sundried tomatoes into that delicious platter you have created.
Strawberries and grapes
A touch of sweet! Juicy strawberries and grapes are not to miss on your board. It breaks the saltiness of cheese and leave you with the perfect fruity after taste. My secret combo? Creamy cheese with purple grape and a black olive on a brown cracker.
Choose vegetables dips like eggplant, avocado or hummus but avoid cheesy dips. There is enough cheese already (never thought I would say that)! I love finding that perfectly crunchy baguette and lathering on some eggplant dip and a bit of brie cheese.
That’s it! You have all the ingredients for an authentic cheese platter! Enjoy and share photos of your boards 😉
My yummy advice: put some honey on goat cheese! Perfect mix of softness.