Ina Garten's Ultimate Cheese Platter, as seen on Food Network's Barefoot Contessa.
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Ultimate Cheese Platter

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 16 servings



  1. Arrange the fig leaves in a single layer on a 16- to 18-inch diameter round board or platter.
  2. Place the grapes in the center of the board. Arrange the cheeses on the board around the grapes, cut sides facing out.
  3. Nestle the strawberries between two of the cheeses to create a block of color. Nestle the apricots between two of the cheeses, also creating a block of color. Transfer the fig jam to a bowl and place it on the board. Arrange the crackers on the board around the cheeses. If using, place the fig ball on the board, cut sides up.

Cook’s Note

You can order lemon and Galax leaves from your florist.