With a few tips and tricks, you'll be surprised how quick and easy it is to put together a fancy cheese platter.
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It really just comes down to personal preference. I know some people like to serve their platters before a meal starts, like an appetizer with drinks. However, in this case, guests can easily fill up before they even sit down to eat the main course. This is part of the reason why they are often served at the end of a meal.
Alternatively, you can plan for a more casual meal, where you serve cheese, sliced meats, olives, some nice bread and even some fancy nuts. This can be a real nice way to enjoy a more social meal without being too stuffed. It's also not a very stressful meal to put together, which is always good in my books. Hope this helps. Cheers!
Thanks for your insight... I have hesitated to serve cheese platters at the beginning of meals in the USA (as it is usually done here in gatherings) exactly for the reasons that you have pointed out. Your advice has been very helpful for making a balanced decision next time I plan including cheeses.