How To Build A Cheese Plate

how to make a cheese platter

I often serve cheese plates when I am hosting guests for dinner or drinks, and I sometimes offer to bring cheese plates when I am a guest at someone else’s home!  Who doesn’t love cheese?  If you are a cheese lover, be sure to check out my recipe for cheddar and chive buttermilk biscuits. With the holidays quickly approaching, cheese plates start to really come in handy – they are easy to make, usually a crowd pleaser, and a creative way to serve a number of different foods on one plate.  If you’re following along on Instagram [and I hope you are!], you might remember seeing this photo from a recent brunch.  Curious about how to make your own? Keep reading for my tips on how to build a cheese plate.

  1. Start with a large platter, or cake plate (a cake plate is nice because it’s elevated from the table)
  2. Choose two or three different cheeses (my favorites: manchego, smoked gouda, mozzarella, cheddar, swiss, blue, goat or ricotta)
  3. Choose two or three different sweet options (my favorites: grapes, apple slices, candied nuts, dried fruit, fig jam, honey or truffled honey)
  4. Choose two or three different cracker or bread options (my favorites: whole wheat crackers, Triscuits, homemade garlic toast points, pita chips, rosemary crackers)
  5. Place a small knife on the platter to make it easy for guests
  6. Label each cheese, optional

how to make a cheese platter at home

how to make a cheese platter

best cheese platter to serve

In the platter above, I used manchego and sweet cheddar cheese with two different whole wheat cracker options, candied walnuts, dried cherries and garlic rubbed whole grain bread. I labeled each cheese with a small toothpick flag so that there wouldn’t be any confusion and included a small ceramic paring knife so that guests would not have to use their own knives to cut pieces.

To make garlic rubbed toast:

    1. Toast sliced bread
    2. Brush with really good olive oil
    3. Rub with a raw garlic clove
    4. Slice and serve with cheese

large white oval platter // large white cake plate // ceramic paring knife // chalkboard cheese markers
What are you favorite cheeses to serve?  Please leave your favorites in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!


  • Alison Jeanine

    Cheese plates are one of my absolute favorite things on this Earth…and this one is nothing short of amazing! Loving your small signs as well. Hope this is making an appearance at your Thanksgiving dinner – guests would love! 😉 Xo, Alison

    • thedomesticatedwolf

      Thank you! Cheese plates are always a hit. Happy Thanksgiving!

      All the best…MW.