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Coming up with the perfect cheese platter idea is easy to do. Actually, it’s quite easy.
With a few simple ingredients, you can create a beautiful snack board that your guests will love. And if you’re asked to bring an appetizer to your New Year’s or other celebrations, you can create a gorgeous snack board to bring and everyone will gather around it to sample all the goodies.
On top of it all, cheese platters are easy to make gluten-free with little fuss. The only item on the tray that contains gluten is the crackers, and those are easily swapped for delicious gluten-free varieties.
The key to making the perfect snack board is to have a the right surface to work with. I recommend a wooden cutting board or cheese tray (as people will be slicing into the cheese), but you can also use a durable platter or even a baking sheet. Use what you have. You don’t have to purchase anything new.
However, if you want to have the perfect snack board, you can find some beautiful ones on Amazon. These also make great gifts. If, for example, you’re asked to bring an appetizer to a potluck dinner, you can purchase a new snack board, pile it high with cheeses, crackers and fruits, and then leave the snack board behind as a hostess gift.
I personally love this snack board as it comes with different color mats to cover your board. I also like snack boards that have a groove around the border, like this one, to prevent juices from leaking off the board. This cheese and cracker tray even has layers on it, directing you where to put the crackers and cheese, for example.
The next thing you’ll want is to find a variety of cheeses. I’m not much of a cheese person, so I simply buy what I think others will like. I found a wonderful selection of cheeses at Trader Joe’s the other day – and many of the cheeses were organic and reasonably priced. For this board, I used Trader Joe’s Spanish Cheese Sampler (Iberico, Cabra Al Vino, Manchego), as well as Pepper Jack and Dutch Gouda cheeses. You can use any cheese, but I think it’s fun to choose cheeses of different colors, shapes and flavors.
Of course, you’ll want to include a good gluten-free cracker on your tray. I used plain rice crackers from Traders Joe’s, but you could use any cracker of choice. One of my favorite gluten-free crackers is by Milton’s. You can get them in plain sea salt (which is my personal favorite) or a variety of flavors as well to add different colors, flavors and textures to your snack board. I know a lot of my gluten-free friends love crackers by Crunchmaster, Jillz Crackers or Mary’s Gone Crackers, which all will add different shapes, flavors and textures to your cheese platter.
Your cheese platter can be anything you want it to be from here on out.
For me, I like to add a variety of colorful fruits (grapes, sliced pears, sliced apples and chucks of persimmons). Use whatever is in season and what you have around the house.
I also added a variety of greek olives to my tray to add a salty flavor to the mix of sweet fruits. (Notice that I put the olives in a bowl to prevent the juices from getting on everything.)
Here are more ideas for your cheese platter:
- Sliced meats
- Sliced vegetables
- Dips like hummus, pesto or tapenade
- Dried fruits
- Schar gluten-free Italian Crostini
- Bite-sized chocolates
For more cheese platter ideas, check out this article about mastering the art of the snack tray. This video and article inspired me to create my beautiful cheese platter for my guests for New Year’s Eve, and I know it will help you come up with the perfect cheese platter idea for any occasion. Enjoy!
- Variety of cheeses - this tray includes a Spanish cheese sampler (Iberico, Cabra Al Vino, and Manchego) as well as Pepper Jack and Dutch Gouda
- Variety of fruits - this tray includes grapes, as well as sliced green apples, pears and persimmons (use whatever you have readily available)
- Greek olive melody
- Gluten-free rice crackers
On a board (use a cutting board, serving platter or baking sheet) layer each item until board is covered.
Serve immediately and enjoy!