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If you’ve been on my Instagram, then you’ve probably read my short love letter to Summer. Nops, not a girl names Summer but the actual season. What goes well with Summer? Cheese, of course! As a big cheese aficionado, I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass to create an amazing Summer Cheese Platter recipe for you guys.
Summer Cheese Platter with Summer Fruits
What gives this cheese platter a summer flair is the fresh summer, tropical, fruits I used. I used a few locally-grown fruits and combined it with berries. While berries are not locally harvested, they are the definition of summer fruit that could not have been kept out of this cheese platter.
I do encourage you to choose local fruits as they are always the freshest and much better for the environment. Follow my recipe to the dot or swap ingredients to make your own combination. Make sure that the fruits you choose for your summer cheese platter have a balance of sweet and tangy flavors.
Which Cheese to Use for your Summer Cheese Platter
Here’s the thing, you might not find all the cheeses in my recipe at your nearby grocery stores. Specialty cheeses aren’t always readily available at all grocery stores. So you might need to look somewhere else, order online, or just swap cheese with something available.
As a rule of thumb, I try to use more hard cheeses than soft cheeses as soft cheeses have a stronger, more peculiar, taste. To give you an example I may use 1 soft and 2 hard or 2 soft and 3-4 hard.
For your summer cheese platter, go for Italian cheeses and Spanish cheeses. As Mediterranean countries, they fit the theme of the platter better and often have a milder taste which combines best with the fruits on the platter.
When to Serve a Cheese Platter?
I once had a cheese platter as a dessert at a restaurant, but I’ve also seen it as an appetizer on menus. My mother-in-law always serves us cheese platter an hour or so after we finished dinner when watching t.v. So now the question arises, when should you serve your platter?
In the case of this summer cheese platter, specifically, I would recommend serving it right after guests arrive—before they take a seat at the dining table. You can also serve it during after-dinner drink but only if there is a long pause in-between dinner and drinks.
The platter can be filling which is why you want to either serve it beforehand or once people are not so full anymore.
What to Serve with your Platter
This summer cheese platter features flavorful Mediterranean cheese combined with summer fruits to enhance the taste. Perfect for entertaining at home!
- 2 soft cheeses of choice
- 1 hard cheese of choice
- ½ mango
- 1 guava cut into quarters
- ¾ cup strawberries
- ¼ cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp guava jam or other summer-type jam
- ¼ cup peanuts
Assemble your cheese platter by first adding the cheeses on your cheeseboard. Then place the crackers next. and spread the fruits across the platter. Add your jam in a bowl or on the platter. Fill in the open spaces with the peanuts. Serve with love.