Gastronomy  What a beautiful Christmas cheese platter!
19/12/201408:41 TV5MONDE
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★How to present your cheese platter for Christmas?
 
In France, it is already difficult enough to imagine a typical meal without cheese, so what would a Christmas meal without cheese look like? No way! Read these useful tips to help you prepare your cheese platter and to avoid any disappointment among your guests... 
 



Have you ever been hesitating before cutting a cheese because you were the first to start it? Save yourself the trouble by precutting it. It is also a good way to show people how it should be cut. As we all know, if you don’t cut the cheese properly, the last one will only have the crust left! Cheese is cut depending on the shape, the size and hardness…
 



If you have many guests, why not dispatch the cheeses on more than one platter. Firstly your guests won’t wait that long, and secondly, there won’t be people starting when others are already finishing. 


 

What kind of platter? You can remain traditional and use wooden platters. If you are looking for something more elegant, use any black china, which should bring out every kind of cheese.
In order to create a bit more festive platter, dispose some dried or fresh fruits such as nuts, grapes, apples and even flowers. To create it very Christmassy, try to find any green and red decorations like green and red tree leaves, red berries, pinecones… 


 

Don’t forget to choose the bread, as it is a must. While some other countries might go for crackers, real bread will always be served in France! Because everyone has different tastes, try to offer a wide variety of choices like bread with cereals, nuts, figs, white bread, and the traditional baguette…


 

We advise you to match the Christmas cheese platter with the rest of your menu. So now the question you should ask yourself is: am I serving white meat, seafood or game?

If you are serving seafood: go for fine cheese with a sour taste and low in salt, such as for example Ossau-Iraty, Neufchâtel, Saint Marcellin, Coulommiers…




If the menu theme is white meat, try to go for creamy cheese: St Félicien, Mont d’Or du Haut-Doubs, Morbier, Saint-Nectaire…




Last but not least, if the Menu-du-jour states red meat, game and other dishes with a rich sauce, then you should go for highly aromatic cheeses. For example Mature Cantal, Cheddar, Munster, Maroilles, Trou du Cru, Roquefort, Stilton…




On top of that, it would be great to plan what kind of wine you will be serving in order to best compliment the cheeses.
Buy the cheese one day before your Christmas dinner. On D-Day, take it out 20 to 30 minutes before serving…

Now, hands on! Share your pictures with us! And don’t forget to enjoy! ☃ 



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