How to Set Up a Cheese Plate

Learn how to set up a cheese platter with easy step-by-step instructions and pictures from Food Network.
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Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Nerwork, G.P. All rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Nerwork, G.P. All rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Nerwork, G.P. All rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Nerwork, G.P. All rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Nerwork, G.P. All rights Reserved

Photo By: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Nerwork, G.P. All rights Reserved

Cheese Board as a Centerpiece

Make a bamboo or wooden cheese board really pop by placing it on a colorful tablecloth. Keep crackers and breadsticks in separate containers for less mess. Add sliced fruit or jam to pair something sweet with your cheese selections.

Label It

Use washable cheese markers to identify each variety of cheese for your guests.

Blue Cheese

Pick a semisoft blue cheese like this Danish blue that's been aged at least 60 days. It's definitely a strong choice, so if you want to go lighter, try a German Cambozola.

Gouda

Pick a hard, crumbly cheese like this Uniekaas Reserve Gouda that's mild and buttery. You can also showcase Parmesan, aged cheddar or Edam.

Brie

A creamy, mild cheese like this Brie de Paris will be a crowd-pleaser. For a stronger cheese that's of similar texture, try Camembert.

Goat Cheese

This rindless cheese is rolled in herbs to give it extra flavor and a pretty presentation. Feature a goat cheese, or chevre, that's creamy and mild.