Cheese is perfect for serving at almost any event.
Not only will it provide your guests with a generous dose of calcium, cheese looks amazing when spread on a party platter amongst crackers, sliced meats, and fruit or vegetable pieces.
With all the different varieties of cheese at the market, and all their forms, flavours and functions, it can be hard to decide on which ones are the best for your special event. But there are some favourites that are sure to delight everyone at your gathering.
Cheddar is one of the most favoured cheeses of the world. It originated in England and now comes in many different varieties.
Cheddar is a tangy, hard cheese that can be purchased by the brick or wheel.
You may choose between white or classic orange, in flavours ranging from mild to sharp.
Cheddar pairs well with ham, salami, bacon, apples, and just about any cracker you wish to serve with it.
Brie is a French cheese that you will find in the gourmet cheese section of your favourite grocery store.
It is normally sold by the wheel and features a mild, creamy taste.
Brie can be sliced and eaten cold, or wrapped up in phyllo dough and baked it until it melts.
Brie is a soft cheese that pairs well with jams and jellies, nuts, and fruit. The white rind encasing the cheese is also safe to eat.
Gouda is one of the most popular cheeses for snack and party platters.
Gouda is a cow’s-milk cheese that originated in the Netherlands.
Available in several different textures and flavour profiles, this cheese comes in semi-hard to hard forms, and is perfect for slicing or cubing.
Young gouda cheese has a light and mild flavour, while gouda that has been aged over two years has a more pungent and pronounced sweet flavour; it is especially delicious when smoked.
Next time you have a gathering, serve this cheese with some crackers and bacon.
Swiss is an American cheese that is known for its dimples and holes.
Swiss cheese mimics is great on sandwiches or served with crackers and fruit.
Made from cow’s milk, this light, hard cheese has a sweet, nutty flavour that will not overwhelm your taste buds. You can purchase Swiss cheese by the wheel or sliced at your favourite delicatessen.
Originating in France, chevre is a classic dessert cheese.
It is made from goat’s milk, so it is a good choice for those who are allergic to cow’s milk.
Chevre comes in the form of a round loaf. Low in fat, it has a tangy, earthy taste and is perfect for serving with crackers, fruit, and dessert courses.
Cream cheese was first cultivated in England, and was later made popular in the United States.
A soft cow’s-milk cheese that has a mild, sweet flavour, it is considered a fresh cheese, as there is no ageing required.
Cream cheese, which can be found in the form of a soft brick or in a plastic serving tub, is the ideal base cheese for a holiday cheese ball.
Simply create a mixture of cream cheese, shredded cheddar, bacon bits, and chopped green onions; make a ball and roll it in a bed of chopped nuts.
Mozzarella is another form of fresh cheese that originated in Italy.
It is a mild and versatile cheese made of cow’s milk and comes in the form of a ball.
Mozzarella can be sliced up and served on a platter, coated with olive oil and spices, breaded and deep fried, or even skewered and served with vegetables and meat.
Gruyere is a sweet and salty semi-soft cheese that comes from Switzerland.
This cheese can be cut and served with crackers and a wide variety of meats and fruits.
Gruyere is also a good melting cheese and works well when added to a fondue mixture.
This cheese is aged for two months to a year, and is sold as a wheel or a wedge in the grocery store.
You do not have to be a master chef or a food expert to provide guests at your next gathering with the perfect cheese spread!
Cheese can be paired with many other snack food items, such as fruits, nuts, spreads, meats, and crackers.
The key to creating the best cheese platter is to purchase and experiment with the more popular varieties until you find your favourites.