How To Make The Ultimate Cheese Plate


Total Time:

20 minutes



It’s perhaps one of my most favorite things to make: the cheese plate! And today there’s FINALLY (after a bajillion requests) a video to show the steps! This isn’t just any cheese plate, it’s a centerpiece, a conversation starter, a piece of art that you won’t actually want to eat because they are so pretty. Oh who am I kidding, it’s cheese… we’re eating it!

How To Make The Ultimate Cheese Plate from (@whatsgabycookin)

One of my signature moves when entertaining is having a big ass cheese plate to start. (a crudite platter makes an appearance too but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that one!) It’s so easy to make because there’s no actual cooking involved, rather you just arrange a bunch of stuff on a platter or board and call it an appetizer.

I’ve been practicing my cheese plate making skills for years and I’ve finally perfected this art form. (round of applause for me, thankyouverymuch) So today, we’re going in. Below are some tips for making the most kick ass cheese plate on the face of the earth and a grocery list of everything you’ll need to make this one pictures! Literally, jaws will drop when you present this at your party. People will be obsessed. And you’ll have a line of friends wanting to know your secrets.

How To Make The Ultimate Cheese Plate from (@whatsgabycookin)

Things to keep in mind when making a cheese plate:

1. Textures of cheese – bring a variety to the party – mix it up with soft, semi firm and hard/aged cheeses!

2. Same goes for type of cheese …. mix up the type of milk – cow, sheep, goat, maybe even get crazy with a combo of 2!

3. Allow for about 3 ounces of cheese per person. Unless you’re inviting me, then allow for 12 ounces per person. I can put cheese down like a boss.

4. Once the cheese is purchased, you’ve got to up the ante with nuts, fresh fruit, dried fruit, fruit spread, and honey!

5. Castelvetrano olives are mandatory for any cheese platter.

6. Give people a selection of different crackers or breads – mix it up with some sliced crostini, different kinds of crisps, and some traditional flatbread crackers.

7. Let the cheese sit out at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before your guests arrive! This will allow the cheese to be at it’s peak since all the oils will get moving!

8. Display the cheeses in different forms, some can be cut into spears, other wedges, cubes, whole etc! Let you’re guests cut the soft cheese depending on how much they want!

Cheese Plate Shopping List:

  • Sharp Cheddar
  • Wedge of Blue Cheese
  • Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam Triple Cream
  • Cypress Grove Creamery Humboldt Fog
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Marcona Almonds
  • Roasted Pistachios
  • Fresh Figs
  • Grapes
  • Candied Walnuts
  • Castelvetrano Olives
  • Breadsticks
  • Rainforest Crisp Crackers and a few other varieties of crackers

How To Make a Cheese Plate

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer


  • Sharp Cheddar broken into pieces
  • Wedge of Blue Cheese
  • Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam Triple Cream
  • Cypress Grove Creamery Humboldt Fog
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Marcona Almonds
  • Roasted Pistachios
  • Fresh Figs
  • Grapes
  • Candied Walnuts
  • Castelvetrano Olives
  • Breadsticks
  • Rainforest Crisp Crackers and a few other varieties of crackers


  • Arrange everything in piles on a large board of platter. Keeping things in organized chaotic piles keeps things looking gorgeous and instagram worthy (and let's be honest, that's what life is all about!)

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  1. Helen Kennedy

    You need membranillo paste (quince) with the manchego! This is a gorgeous looking plate, I must share with a friend who made a lovely one up for Christmas Day.

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    I love that those were Turkish apricots! I want to eat this cheese board right now. Happy New Year Friend!!

  3. Julie @ Table for Two

    omg, my face would be all over this looks marvelous and so plentiful!

  4. Helen Kennedy

    I’m intrigued by the Humboldt Fog! I don’t think we can get it over here.

  5. Monika

    This looks delicious and readily available. What a great idea for a party. Toss out the chips and salsa and bring on the cheese platter! I LOVE it!

  6. Phil

    Good cheese choices … However, it is missing the sign most important accompaniment: beer. There are many to choose from and they are a far, far better mate to cheese than wine is.

  7. Cassie Laemmli

    I love everything about this, Gaby. Great choice of cheeses too. I thought I had my appetizers decided upon for tomorrow but now I want a cheese tray!

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    Cheese plates are such simple, perfect party food. I’m intrigued by the cheddar and the Midnight Moon, never had those two. Will be on the look out for them at the store.

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  18. Lindsay

    Love this post sooo much!! I was just wondering where you buy your flatbread crackers (the ones with the jagged edges). They are really pretty and are a nice complement to everything else on the plate!

    Thanks! 🙂

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  25. amy

    hi gabby, your photos are beautiful. i am wondering if i may use one for a small newsletter publication in ann arbor michigan?

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      Hi Amy! Unfortunately I don’t let my photos be published in other publications without a fee.

  26. Katie

    Your platters always look so amazing and are such an inspiration! Keep ’em coming!

    xo, Katie

  27. Lexi @Lexi’scleankitchen

    SO beautiful! This looks like the ultimate cheese plate for weekend entertaining!

  28. Monika

    I could eat this entire board by myself! It looks so beautiful and delicious.

  29. Erin

    I would basically be hovering over this cheese plate. Gorgeous!

  30. Lindsay Cotter

    this is the perfect party platter. HEck, I’d eat it all for dinner. That’s cool, right?

  31. Heather Christo

    All I want to do is be able to eat all that cheese right now!! LOVE the video!!

  32. Maria from

    That video is mesmerizing. And making me hungry!! YUM!!!

  33. Jeanine

    You always make the most epic cheese boards – love seeing the video how-to!

  34. Claire

    Hi Gaby,

    What size board do you suggest using? Mine either seem too small or way too large!

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