How Do You Plate A Slate Cheese Board? – Slateplate
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How Do You Plate A Slate Cheese Board?

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Planning on throwing a dinner party at home with your friends and family? If this is your first time and you have no idea how to begin, then a step-by-step guide on how to make a cheese board is a good place to start! Our dear friend Nami of Just One Cookbook published a beautifully detailed blog post on how to make a cheese board that you can serve on your dinner party that will surely wow your guests.

Three Essential Reasons Why You Should Make a Cheese Board For Your Guests
First, it is very easy to prepare. Secondly, you can prepare it ahead of time. You can be sure that your guests will have something to munch on when they arrive. Thirdly, serving your guests some cheese assortment and support items will surely keep them busy and entertained while you prepare the main course. And let me add one more key reason why you should serve cheese – everybody loves cheese, that’s for sure!

What Type Of Cheese Board Should You Use?

Nami suggests using wood, baking sheet, or marble, but she highly recommends a stunningly finished dark slate board. Why you ask? She says that a dark slate board gives a nice contrast to your pale yellow cheeses and crackers, which makes them a little more inviting. You can also use a white food-safe chalk to doodle cheese names or messages on your dark slate board. Also, slate boards are actually very lightweight, definitely lighter than wood and marble. To add to that, it is also very easy to clean.

What Type Of Cheeses Should You Add?

Nami advises to serve cheeses from different sources, to have a variety of textures, flavors, and colors. She also suggests cutting the cheeses randomly – in blocks, wedges, squares, and circles, to add character to your cheese board. Arranging your cheese in clockwise direction based on texture is also recommended.

What Comes After The Cheese?

Your cheeses are ready; you can now add some salty food items. Salami, speck, olives, and nuts – your choice! Add your sweet items next, and Nami recommends adding fresh fruits such as grapes, and dried ones, like apricot. Crackers and bread are also a must, so your guests could have a wide variety of side items to choose from. Adding condiments and spreads will also make a cheese board stand out! You can add some fig jam, fruit preserves, honey, and mustard – they will surely enhance the flavor of your cheeses and the rest of the items on your board. Remember to serve your cheeses at room temperature, with appropriate knives and spreaders. And of course, as Nami highly suggests, do not forget the wine!

Now, all you have to do is visit Nami’s blog post, bookmark it, go ahead and set up your very own serving board!
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