I absolutely, completely, madly (and many more crazy adjectives ending with –ly) LOVE cheese. So rest assured that every time I’m having guest at home they will have cheese. To be clear, in France we eat the cheese platter (called un Plateau de Fromages) just before having dessert, but hey every party requires cheese, lots of cheese!
Here are some tips to assemble the perfect French cheese platter. I typically select 3 or 4 cheeses and supplement with other delicious items. The idea is to have a little bit of everything to suit all your guests’ palates.
Start with a soft ripened cheese such as Brie or Camembert, both made from cow’s milk. Their soft flavor, rich and creamy texture will be sure to please everyone! Last time my friend Victoria even got us the most delicious Brie aux Truffes I’ve ever had (in the states)! Imagine the smoothness of the cheese filled with chopped black truffles, which simply creates a massively aromatic depth.
To vary the texture, go for a Comté, a Cantal or even a Gruyère. Very important: the more these cheeses are aged the better they are, so ask your cheese-monger! With their mild & sweet flavor, these hard cheeses are always crowd pleasers.
Go for the one and only: le Roquefort, also modestly called The King of Blues. Created a thousand years ago, his green & blue veins, and punchy & incredible flavor will win your (cheesy) heart for sure!
Having a goat cheese on your platter will add the variety you’re looking for with a different -sweet & clean- tasting. You can’t go wrong with a Crottin de Chavignol or a Tomme de Chèvre!
Sweet spreads pair greatly with cheese. Try Fig Jam or Sweet Onion Confit for a sweet touch. Lavender Honey is also a pretty good choice for all the goat cheeses.
Something fresh & dry
I usually go for the most common fruits such as grapes, figs, apples and almonds, but you can go wilder with strawberries, peaches or even pitted dates.
Last but not least, one of the most important one of any Cheese platter: the bread. Because cheese without carbs is an absolute no go! Choose from a French Baguette, crunchy toasts or even seedy cracker! The possibilities are endless!
She is the co-founder of Bon Appétit Box. She was born & raised in Montpellier in the South of France and then spent 5 years exploring the culinary offerings of Paris. In her free time she loves to walk on the beach watching the sea scenery in every season. When she comes back to France, her favorite thing is to sit on terrace with friends and enjoy some cheese (she’s a fan of Roquefort!) with a glass of red wine of course!
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