5 Wonderful Cheese Platter ideas.

I have always found cheese platters to be one of the easiest and effective appetisers to use for a party. The ingredients are mostly store bought and doesn’t need much prep time. In addition with a mix of fruits, cheese, meats and crackers, there is something for everyone.

The cheese-ball

When serving crackers with your cheese platter, the cheeseball is one of my favourites. You can add some spices, honey and even fruits to give it zing

Pomegranate Jewelled cheese-ball

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ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces freshly grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced, toasted almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • crackers for serving

Full instructions here

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese-ball

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (8oz.) block cream cheese, softened to room temp.
  • 1 (8 oz.) tub vegetable cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Hidden Valley Ranch Spicy Ranch mix
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced (save the stem)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided use*

Full instructions here

Meaty Bites

Quick Salami and Cheese Bites

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INGREDIETNS

 

  • Deli hard salami slices
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Olives {optional}

Full instruction here

The veggie Cheese platter

Cheese platters are often very rich and creamy so adding some more veggies will help neutralise the creaminess a bit
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 Recipe for Tomato pesto salad

 INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 3 T. drained small capers
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 3 T. grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Full instructions here

Italian Marinated Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS

Full Instructions here

Balsamic Berry Vegan Grilled Cheese

As a bread lover I think adding some kind of toasted sandwich will go very well with your cheeseplatter.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup vegan mozzarella cheese shreds
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp vegan butter (1 tsp each spread on sides of the bread)
  • bread of choice

Full instructions here

The next time you’re having a dinner party and want a versatile selection of appetisers, remember the cheese-platter can be exactly that.

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