Are you in awe of those luxe-looking cheese plates gracing the pages of gourmet sites? And would you love to put one together for a Fall Wine Party? Well, this post aims to help you assemble a stylish spread of cheeses, fruit, nuts, breads and crackers with that oh-so-artisanal look—that is actually super-simple to create! Take cues from these fabulous examples of cheese plates we discovered. Your fall party guests are sure to be impressed! *This post contains affiliate links.
What to Put on an Autumn-inspired Cheese Plate
Start with an interesting board or platter. Choose from wood, metal, ceramic, or marble. Then, arrange an appetizing selection of 2 to 4 types of cheese, fresh or dried fruits, nuts, jam, perhaps some cold cuts, then assorted breads, rolls and crackers.
The good news is: these can all be store-bought. So if you can unwrap packages, open cans and bottles, and slice fruits—just add arranging skills and you’re done!
Now, to survey some fantastic cheese plate inspiration.
1 – Fall Cheese Board from Wisconsin Cheese Talk
Spot the salted caramels? The rest are an aged cheddar, a creamy gorgonzola, and an espresso-infused cheese wedge, along with crisp apples and dried apricots.
2 – Vegan Cheese Plate from Dining and Cooking
If you’re into vegan, check out this pairing of fluffy cashew cheese filled with figs and a light fig jam. A scattering of walnuts, grapes and berries adds varied textures.
3 – Autumn Cheese Plate from President Cheese
All available from President Cheese, lay out a selection of goat cheese, brie, manchego, aged cheddar, and roquefort with their scrumptious combos for each one—figs and honey, mushroom ragout, pickled red onion and ham, pomegranate molasses, and rhubarb tart.
4 – “Around the World” Cheese Plate from Whole Foods Market
A fun approach is to go international! Mix and match cheeses and accompaniments from different countries—camembert (France), manchego (Spain), emmentaler (Switzerland), and gorgonzola (Italy). Serve these up with almonds, prosciutto, and a fig spread with baguette rounds and cracker crisps.
5 – Cinnamon, Apple, and Cheddar Cheese Board from Kraft Recipes
For something quick, easy and autumn-flavored, whip up this board featuring 2 kinds of cheddar cheese, crisp apple slices, walnut halves, and cinnamon sticks.
6 – Elegant Cheese and Fruit Platter from Betty Crocker
Serving a crowd of 24? Let an assortment of fresh fruits share the limelight with a trio of cheeses—cheddar, Brie, and blue cheese. Apple, pear, and strawberry slices; small clusters of red and green grapes; dried apricots, cherries and cranberries make a pretty presentation!
7 – Crowd Pleaser Cheese Platter from Trader Joe’s
Offer up an array of both familiar and fancy elements. This example suggests aged cheddar and manchego cheeses as easy favorites, complemented with dried apricots, smoked almonds, sliced mortadella, and a Greek olive medley.
References for Creating a Winning Cheese Plate
Easy Cheese Plate Guide from Heinen’s
Visit this link for helpful tips for creating an inviting cheese plate—from quantities to serve; size, shape, and color for visual appeal; varied textures of both cheeses and accompaniments; mild to strong flavors; serving temperature; even utensils to use.
Slices of Knowledge About Cheese from Heinen’s
A handy Q&A reference for cheese novices. This will help you learn more about the special qualities, terminology, and some handy “best practices” for choosing, storing and serving cheese.
Our Picks for Cheese Board Essentials
Aside from traditional wood or ceramic, cheese boards now come in other unique materials, shapes, and designs. Plus, cool serving accessories to go with them!
1 – Slate Cheese Board, via World Market
2 – Large Vermont Marble Cheese Board, via Amazon
3 – White Marble and Wood Cheese Board, via Pier1 Imports
4 – White Marble Cheese Knife Set of 3, via Pier1 Imports
5 – Agate Cheese Serving Board, via World Market
6 – Slate Cheese Board, via World Market
7 – Mini Geo White Marble Cutting Boards (Set of 2), via World Market
8 – Indigo Organic Reactive Glaze Serving Platter, via World Market