Vegan Cheese Plate

Difficulty level: Medium

Cheese plates can be simple or elaborate, with dozens of different cheeses or just a few. There’s no one right way to make them, but these guidelines can help you put together a vegan cheese plate you and your guests will never forget.

Vegan cheese plateTypes of Vegan Cheese

The first thing to think about is the different types of cheese. You want to offer a variety of flavors, colors, and textures. So for a really elaborate cheese plate, you would choose at least one cheese in each of the following categories:

  • Cheese base:
     – Nuts (cashews, almonds, macadamia … )
     – Seeds (sunflower, sesame)
     – Tofu
  • Textures: soft, hard, brie-style
  • Tastes: mild, sharp, strong
  • Added flavorings: herbs, spices, pepper

For example (clockwise from top):

Presentation

Consider varying the presentation of the different cheeses: rounds, slices, cubes, balls, triangles
 

Eat with

Any good cheese plate must be accompanied by bread and possibly crackers as well.
 

Garnish

Jazz up your cheese plate with some edible garnishes:

  • berries
  • cherries
  • dates
  • dried apricots
  • figs
  • grapes
  • nuts
  • olives
  • raisins
  • sun-dried tomatoes
     

Tips

  • Cheeses are best when served at room temperature. Make the cheese plate ahead of time, then keep it in the fridge until about an hour before you eat it.
     
  • If you don’t have a cheese slicer, you can use a potato peeler to cut thin slices of hard cheeses like Parmesan.
     
  • Provide a separate cheese knife for each cheese that needs to be cut or spread, as well as toothpicks for any cubed cheeses.
     
  • Label each cheese. There are neat slate platters available, on which you can write the name in chalk, or you can just tape a piece of paper on a toothpick and stick it in the cheese.
     
  • Serve alongside a plate of crudités.

 
Vegan cheese recipes

How to make a vegan cheese plate

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