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Fruit and Cheese Platter

We'll walk you through putting together an easy but elegant Fruit and Cheese Platter.
Course Appetizer, Party, Potluck
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Ang Paris

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2-3 varieties cheeses such as cheddar, gouda and brie
  • fresh fruit such as apples, pears, and berries
  • dried fruit such as apricots, figs, raisins
  • mixed nuts such as pecans, pistachios, almonds, peanuts, and cashews
  • assorted crackers and/or thinly sliced French bread

Instructions

  • Start with the largest items first. I placed on the bowl of fruit dip and surrounded it by the sliced peaches, plums and apples.
  • Next, add the cheeses and crackers.
  • After adding on the jar of fig preserves and a couple of bowls of berries, I added the nuts and dark chocolate.
  • Garnish your board with a few extras like halved strawberries, thinly sliced oranges wheels, and
  • Next to the board, add other accouterments such along with napkins, plates, cheese knives, etc.

Notes

How do you make a good cheese platter?

There's no wrong way to put together a platter with fruit and cheese! Combine flavors, textures, and colors for an incredible display that is as beautiful as it is delicious.

  • A variety of sliced fresh fruit, berries, and dried fruits are a wonderful combination.
  • Add nuts such as almonds, pecans or cashews. Candied nuts are yummy, too.
  • A dip or spread like our Toffee Apple Dip adds another fun element to your platter. This Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread is delicious on crackers and slices of pears or apples.
  • Dark chocolate pieces are a wonderful addition. I used a dark chocolate pretzel bark on this tray which adds a nice crunch.

What can I put on a cheese platter?

  • Firm: Parmesan, Manchego, Colby
  • Aged: Gruyere (my favorite), Sharp Cheddar, Gouda
  • Crumbly: Goat and Feta Cheese
  • Soft and Creamy: Camembert, Brie, Fresh Mozzarella
  • Smoked: Provolone, Cheddar
  • Blue: Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton

Fruit and Cheese Board Serving Tips

  1. Allow for 3-4 ounces of cheese, per person.
  2. Cheese is best served at room temperature because the flavors are easier to distinguish.
  3. Be sure to include plenty of cheese knives, spoons for any dips or jam as well as small plates and napkins for your guests.

How do you make a good cheese platter?

There's no wrong way to put together a platter with fruit and cheese! Combine flavors, textures, and colors for an incredible display that is as beautiful as it is delicious.
  • A variety of sliced fresh fruit, berries, and dried fruits are a wonderful combination.
  • Add nuts such as almonds, pecans or cashews. Candied nuts are yummy, too.
  • A dip or spread like our Toffee Apple Dip adds another fun element to your platter. This Blackberry Cream Cheese Spread is delicious on crackers and slices of pears or apples.
  • Dark chocolate pieces are a wonderful addition. I used a dark chocolate pretzel bark on this tray which adds a nice crunch.

Can I make a fruit tray the day before?

I do not recommend making too much of your tray ahead of time. Hard cheeses can be sliced and stored in an airtight container. Fruit should be cut just before serving.