How Do You Make a Deli Meat-and-Cheese Tray?


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Make a deli meat-and-cheese tray using a variety of cheeses, deli meats and garnishes such as dried fruit, fresh fruit, crackers and condiments. You also need a platter whose size depends on how many guests you need to serve.

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  1. Choose your cheeses

    You need about 2 ounces of cheese per guest. Pick out a soft cheese such as Brie, a semi-soft cheese such as Havarti and a firm cheese such as provolone. If you prefer to pick from the deli section of the store, go with cheeses such as mild cheddar and Swiss. Cut the cheese slices into quarters.

  2. Pick your meats

    Have a sampling of different kinds of deli meat, providing about three slices per guest. Honey ham, roast beef and oven-roasted turkey provide a variety for the guests. Add a smoked sausage and prosciutto for a more diverse plate.

  3. Add the garnishes

    A selection of fresh fruit, such as apricots and figs, complements the cheese. Crostini, whole-grain crackers and bread sticks can also serve as palate cleansers and complement the platter. Other garnishes, such as fruit compotes, relishes, pickles and olives, round out a deli platter. Serve immediately, or put the platter in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

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