A meat and cheese platter is a collection of cured meats and a variety of cheeses, typically paired with a selection of breads, nuts, fruits and vegetables, spreads, and jams.
Cheese is best served at room temperature, so add it to your platter about 30 minutes before serving. Use a different knife for each kind of cheese to avoid mixing flavors. Slice the hard cheeses ahead of time to make it easier for guests to load their plates. Plan to serve about two ounces of cheese per guest.