Cheese Platter

The power of the cheese platter

A great cheese platter changes everything. When you put cheese on the table, parties become peppier. Shindigs shine brighter. And game-day gatherings kick into overdrive. Cheese makes every moment in life a little finer, and a cheese platter – with multiple cheeses side-by-side – magnifies the awesome power of cheese.

Here in Wisconsin, we know that with great cheese power comes great cheese responsibility. That's why we take our cheese platters so seriously. You won't find us plopping down just any old parm, brick, or havarti – only the best will do. And when we say "best," we mean cheese made right here in Wisconsin. From award-winning gouda, gorgonzola, and gruyere to mozzarella, muenster, and marbled blue jack, Wisconsin cheese has the power to transform the cheese platter and make the world a little better.

Take a dive into our website to meet some life-changing cheeses. Search our recipes to find ideas for gourmet cheese platters or a fruit and cheese board. Or scroll down for our tips on building a better cheese platter.

How to build a better cheese platter

The tastiest and most beautiful cheese platters offer a variety of tastes, textures, colors, and shapes. Here are some of our top suggestions for what to include in your cheese board, charcuterie spread or fruit and cheese platter.


When choosing cheese for a cheese board, pick 4 – 6 varieties of cheese. Our recommendations include:

  • Hard cheeses like aged cheddar, parmesan, or manchego
  • Semi-firm cheeses like muenster, gouda, or gruyere cheese
  • Soft cheeses like burrata or brie
  • A bleu cheese like gorgonzola or marbled blue jack
  • A crumbly cheese like goat cheese or feta


If you're including cured meat on the cheese platter, you can add several types of charcuterie:

  • Cured sausages like salami, soppressata, or chorizo
  • Whole-muscle cuts like prosciutto, speck, or Jamón Iberico
  • Patés or forcemeats like duck liver mousse or chicken liver paté

Fruit and vegetables

These fruits and vegetables pair really well with a variety of cheeses:

  • Slices of apples and pears
  • Grapes and berries
  • Grilled peaches
  • Figs and dates
  • Dried cherries or sun-dried tomatoes
  • Olives and pickles
  • Artichokes and cherry red peppers


Nuts are great finger foods and provide another layer of taste options.

  • Marcona almonds
  • Candied pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Macadamia nuts


Choose breads and crackers that provide a variety of surfaces for cheese and charcuterie.

  • Slices of baguette
  • Toasted crostini
  • Hearty crackers


Spreads, dips, jams, and mustards add amazing flavor combinations.

  • Whole-grain and honey mustards
  • Olive tapenade
  • Hummus
  • Fig jam, cherry preserves and honey

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FAQs: What is a cheese platter?

What is a cheese platter?

A cheese platter is an assortment of cheeses artfully arranged on a cutting board or a table. In addition to cheese, platters may include an assortment of cured meats along with fruits, vegetables, nuts, jams, and bread or crackers.

What should I serve a cheese platter on?

A stone, marble, or wooden cutting board is ideal for a cheese platter. You can also choose a slate or chalkboard surface on which you can write the names of cheeses in chalk.

What's the right amount of cheese per person?

As an appetizer or snack, you can plan on two ounces of cheese and charcuterie per person. If the cheese platter is the main culinary event of the evening, you should plan on closer to five ounces per person.

Plating a greater cheese platter

If you think a cheese platter is pretty awesome, wait till you see it decked out with Wisconsin cheese. Our cheesemakers have been obsessively honing their recipes for 175 years straight, since before we were even a state. Today, they are the most award-winning bunch of cheese champions in the nation and the world, taking home more than 5,552 awards for cheese. And they produce more cheese than anywhere else on earth – more than 600 flavors, varieties, and styles as a matter of fact. That just goes to show what's possible when a whole state dreams in cheese.

So, next time you're building a cheese platter, make sure you're slicing into chunks of Wisconsin cheese. Then, set the platter on the table and see what the power Wisconsin cheese can do for your party.

Craving award-winning aged cheddar, pining for parmesan, or searching for a new cheese to try? The world’s best cheese is just a click away! Explore our directory of Wisconsin cheesemakers and retailers who offer online cheese shopping and get cheese shipped right to your door. What are you waiting for?

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