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Making up guest platters when you are going to have guests is pretty common, and everyone has their own little tricks and recipes to try and make their food memorable.

Cheese is a staple in a guest platter, and even though pairing cheese with crackers seems natural, it's also boring. What else do you normally pair cheese to make your platters more interesting?

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Salami, olives,sun dried tomato,mini toasts,pesto, smoked oysters.
Fruit (apple slices mostly), quince paste, sundried tomatoes, olives, stuff like that.
A good red Wine is a definite must as an accompaniment to a cheese platter, as are different knives for each type of cheese (sorry but I admit I'm a cheese snob).

I prefer to use fresh fruits as much as possible such as figs, grapes, nashi pears, cherries and strawberries, limiting the use of dried fruits to Medjool dates, as they don't overpower the cheese.

Nuts such as cashews, walnuts and macadamias work really well.

Also a little drizzle of honey or rice malt syrup works a fantastic treat, especially with some crusty warm bread.

On a more savoury note, I use kalamata and stuffed olives, pickled asparagus, fennel and cucumbers and cornichons, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Although plain crackers are fine to use, I like to dress a cheese platter with grissini sticks.

However, I must admit, I love cheese so much that I could forego all the accompanying food and just cut slabs of cheese and pop straight into my mouth.

Haha, I can and do forgo all the extras. Whenever I cut cheese, no matter the reason, you can guarantee I'm cutting an extra slice to munch on.
Plenty of Fresh Fruit, plus some dried.
Love Cheese Platters'!
My mouth is watering thinking about cheese and all the things you could add to a platter. Dried fruit such as apricots, peaches, prunes and pears are nice. Almonds and walnuts are nice to nibble on. All sorts of pickled cucumbers go well with cheese. Yum.
Olives, olive oil, preserves, fresh and dried fruit, bagel chips,crudites and of course a nice botle of wine.
by Gia
I'm with lynep. Prosciutto, coppa, ham, olives, sun dried tomato, cheese stuffed peppers...I'm so excited. I think I'll make a cheese platter for myself and my husband in the next week!
by Vee
Pineapple! The classic 70s option - in a hedgehog of course :)
Or traffic lights - a cherry tomato, cheese cube and gehrkin or cube of cucumber on a cocktail stick.
Alternating cubes of chorizo and a strong cheese like Manchego are nice too.
Or olives and pesto.......
Or on crackers with a high quality chutney or spread like fig and olive tapenade.
Yum.
Now I neeeeeeeeeeed some cheese :)

Apart from crackers - grapes, strawberries, apricots, celery sticks, walnuts, etc. etc., but mainly fruit which I love accompanied by a good cheese.
Home made corn relish dip as everyone loves it. Also salami, cabanossi, smoked salmon, smoked oysters, stuffed and kalamata olives, quince paste and strawberries and kiwi fruit to add a bit of colour. Fresh figs cut in half and drizzled with honey if there's room on the platter.
Mmmmmm. Everything you said plus fresh pineapple. Want. Cheese. Now. LOL
by Rice
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