How To Enjoy A Cheese & Fruit Platter?
Not too sure how to enjoy a cheese & fruit platter? Pairing cheese with fruits is a great way to create a flavourful grazing experience. The acidity and sweetness of the fruits complement and balance out savoury, creamy cheeses.
Having started Splatter in 2019, we've tasted countless of such pairings. We've also seen how our customers savour their cheese & fruit platters in many creative ways. It truly makes such a delightful gift, and a healthy, delectable snack to share with your loved ones.
Now here are the best cheese & fruit platter grazing tips for a memorable gourmet experience!
Go for variety in cheeses
Mix up hard, soft, aged, or fresh cheeses. This will provide a range of flavors and textures to suit everyone's taste. The variety also expands all the fruit pairing possibilities in an exciting way!
Choose fresh, seasonal fruits
Fruits that are in season are always fresher and taste better. Fresh fruits such as grapes, apples, pears, and berries are great options to pair with cheese. Dried fruits like apricots, figs, and dates are also really yummy!
In Malaysia, it's common to see imported strawberries from the US, Australia, Egypt, Korea, and Japan at different times of the year. At Splatter, we do the choosing work for you and serve you only the best of the season. Our fruits are served triple-washed and freshly cut right before it's served (or sent out for delivery), just like we do for our family at home!
Add nuts for crunch
Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans complement the savoury sweet flavours of a grazing platter with cheeses and fresh fruits. We like roasting the almonds and walnuts in our Cheese & Fruit Platter for that really satisfying crunch. This time-consuming process is so worth it, as it really enhances the deliciously nutty flavour with a subtle sweetness.
Offer different textures with crackers & bread
Besides their role as a vehicle for cheese and fruit pairings, crackers and bread add a different dimension in texture and flavour. We find water crackers to be a great neutral boat to load on buttery cheeses and juicy fruits, which can be messy at times. As for bread, a freshly-baked artisanal baguette is our personal favourite to add another subtle layer of flavour.
Experiment with pairings
This is possibly the most important tip to enjoy devouring any cheese & fruit platter. There is no right or wrong, just experiment with pairing different combinations of cheeses and fruits. It's a fun way to discover new flavour combinations. After all, everyone has their personal likes and dislikes, so the same applies to cheeses and fruits.
Here are some popular pairings:
🧀 Brie cheese with grapes or berries
Grapes are a classic fruit pairing for Brie cheese. The sweetness and juiciness of grapes complement the creamy and mild flavor of Brie. Strawberries and blueberries also add a tart, fruity flavor to this cheese. Try layering on your preferred fruit and Brie on a slice of baguette, perhaps with some roasted almonds to add a satisfying crunch.
🧀 Cream cheese with berries
Fresh strawberries are a classic pairing with velvety cream cheese. Raspberries and blueberries are other great fruit options to complement the richness of cream cheese. If you have neither, a dollop of good-quality fruit jam also does the trick! Heap on cream cheese on a water cracker, and top with your favourite jam and roasted almonds. Chef's kiss!
🧀 Gouda cheese with melon or grapes
The nutty, butterscotch-like flavours of Gouda cheese pair well with the sweet, juicy melon that is perfectly ripe. You cannot go wrong with pairing grapes with Gouda cheese too.
🧀 Blue cheese with figs or dried apricots
The strong and pungent flavor of blue cheese pairs well with the sweetness and chewiness of figs. Dried fruits such as apricots add a chewy texture and sweet element to accentuate both flavours. Sweet fruits tend to pair well with blue cheese, as they can balance the sharp and salty flavor of the cheese.
Add roasted walnuts and honey to double the yummy!
🧀 Goat cheese with berries
The tangy and creamy flavor of goat cheese pairs well with the sweet tartness of strawberries or blueberries. Soft goat cheese is especially delicious with a touch of raw honey and roasted walnuts.
Enjoy with a drink
Pair the cheese and fruit platter with a beverage such as wine, champagne, kombucha, sparkling water or even tea to enhance your grazing experience. This helps refresh your palate too to maximise tasting all that delectable nibbles.
When pairing cheese and fruits, it's important to consider the texture and ripeness of the fruits. Soft, juicy fruits like peaches or apricots pair well with firm and salty cheeses, while crisp, tart fruits like apples or grapes pair well with creamy and mild cheeses. Additionally, try to balance the sweetness and acidity of fruits with the cheese's savoury richness, to create a harmonious combination of flavours in your mouth. Most importantly, just have fun with it!
If you don't want to fuss about the details and choose to focus on the fun, let Splatter serve you our bestselling Cheese & Fruit Platter! Choose your own variety of cheeses, then let us do all the work to pair it with the freshest fruits and deliver it straight to your doorstep. We cover deliveries to all areas within Kuala Lumpur & Selangor (Klang Valley) for effortless grazing or gifting.