With Thanksgiving almost upon us I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips, and tricks, to assemble The Ultimate Cheese Plate with 13 Favorite Dips. There's something fun and exciting about the revealing of a gorgeous arrangement of snacks at gatherings. People love to nibble while waiting for dinner, and a well arranged Cheese Platter can keep everyone content even if delayed.
When assembling a Cheese Tray I usually aim for 2-4 different varieties so there's something for everyone. The first cheese I choose is something simple like an aged cheddar, or on this occasion we used a Dill Havarti. The next cheese or two can be something a little more daring, if you like to try new things. I had made an Herbed Goat Cheese Spread on this occasion, the creamy texture makes a wonderful addition to the meats and cheeses.
Once I have decided on cheeses I move on to adding 1-2 Meats like Salami, Coppa, or Prosciutto. I also limit bread and crackers to 2-3 options, or it can simple become to much. I will also usually choose a favorite dip or two, if we are feeding a crowd.
Finally I choose fillers like dried or fresh fruit, nuts, vegetables, olives, and pickles.
I like to use a large wooden board or marble slab to arrange everything for simple nibbling.