Guide To Avoiding Abominable Cheese Platters
Step 1: Don't Overdo It
• Too many cheese varieties will overwhelm your palate and your guests!
• The plate is too crowded and is beginning to look like a cheese sculpture...
• Step away from the toothpicks. It's perfectly okay to use your fingers (or claws).
• Narrow your selection to 3-5 varieties. Aged, Soft, Firm and Blue should cover it. Try TJ's Italian Truffle Cheese, TJ's Swiss Gruyere Cheese & TJ's Cave Aged Blue Cheese!
• One knife for each cheese should do to avoid cross-contamination—especially for that Cave Aged Blue!
• A simple arrangement on a clean cutting board brings all the attention to where it should be—the cheese.
Step 2: Don't Leave Them Wanting
• This cheese is sliced grossly thin. It looks stingy, and guests will not be able to taste the flavors.
• This cheese was brought straight from the refrigerator to the table and is still cold.
• Potato Chips do not make sufficient vehicles for cheese as they break too easily.
• Go for thick, hearty slices of cheese that you can really sink your teeth into!
• Cheese is meant to be consumed at room temperature, so plan accordingly!
• TJ's Cracker Assortments and TJ's Brioche Toasts are sturdy and the taste won't distract from the cheeses.
Step 3: Don't Confuse Your Guests
• Steer clear from pre-sliced cheeses and hard cooking cheeses—these have no place on your platter!
• No consideration for arrangement here... and are those papers edible?
• This looks like a terrible game of Blue-Cheese-Roulette.
• Select a familiar cheese to help your less adventurous guests dive in. TJ's 6 Year Aged Cheddar (seasonal) or TJ's Manchego (seasonal) are real crowd pleasers
• Supplement with accompaniments that compliment your cheeses... TJ's Dried Turkish Apricots, TJ's Mesquite Smoked Almonds, TJ's Sliced Mortadella, and TJ's Greek Olive Medley
• Arrange your cheeses from mild to strong, no surpises here!