Meat Cheese Platter Ideas For Anyone – 14 Great Platters

Are you looking for the best meat cheese platter ideas? They are an ultimate snack for grown-ups, and even kids. But most people just throw a few of their favorites on a plate and that’s it. Maybe because they don’t know that there are so many different options.

I’m here to fix that, because there’s so much more than that if you want a true meat and cheese tray. For this reason, I have tried put together the best meat cheese platter ideas.

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14 Perfect Meat Cheese Tray Ideas!

Now, let’s see some of these ultimate appetizers. Which are great ideas for an afternoon snack with the family, entertaining guests, and party snacks.

meat cheese platter ideas

1. Ultimate Mixed Platter – just one of the many meat cheese platter ideas!

You can mix and match any of these options to produce the ultimate mixed platter.

meat cheese platter ideas
  • parmigiano reggiano
  • any type of wedge cheese
  • Asiago
  • manchego
  • fish
  • prosciutto
  • soppressata
  • smoked salmon
  • capicola
  • shrimp
  • 10 ounces bread sticks or crackers
  • 1 cup kalamata olives (or niçoise)
  • 1/2 cup sweet or dill pickles
  • 6 ounces marinated artichoke hearts (drained)
  • 12 ounces pickled vegetables
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (dried, marinated in olive oil, or 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes)
  • 1 pear or figs (or any fruit of choice. Plus, apples also taste great with cheese)
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots (figs, or dates)
  • Dijon mustard for a spread
  • 1 cup almonds
  • chocolate
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • rosemary sprigs (Fresh)

This is just one idea, see below for 13 more meat cheese platter ideas!

2. The Perfect Charcuterie Platter – one of the many meat cheese platter ideas!

What is charcuterie? It’s pretty much an amped up meat and cheese platter. Filled with all different types of meats, cheeses, jams, jellies, crackers, fruits and sweets. You can mix and match any of the options below. Try all of them!

  • pastrami
  • prosciutto
  • assorted salami
  • olives
  • cornichon pickles
  • cherry tomatoes
  • marcona almonds
  • port salut
  • fig jam
  • figs
  • dried apricots
  • raspberries
  • assorted crackers
  • bagette slices
  • olive or mac nut oil for dipping bread
  • pretzel sticks
  • cheese spread like boursin
  • jam spoons and cheese knives

3. Ultimate Italian Platter – putting together one of the many meat cheese platter ideas!

Having a party? Or do you have some guests and want to serve some appetizers? The choices below while served on a platter work great together. Serve with a cheese knife and some plates.

  • Water crackers (classic)
  • roasted sweet peppers
  • hard-boiled egg (quarters)
  • tomatoes (sweet cherry)
  • grapes
  • figs
  • sweet Italian sausages (grilled)
  • Havarti cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • smoked Gouda cheese
  • pancetta
  • prosciutto
  • sausage slices (Geneva)
  • blue cheese
  • olives (green and black)
  • rosemary
  • spinach leaves
  • cilantro

4. The Perfect Cheese Platter Ideas

The perfect cheese platter includes the combination of all listed below. Slice, cut, and chop anything that needs it (cheeses, fruits), and then arrange them and everything else on a platter. Serve and enjoy.

  • Soft cheeses (like brie, goat, or muenster)
  • Semi-hard cheeses (like cheddar, Edam, or provolone)
  • Hard cheeses (like Asiago, Romano, or a smoked Gouda)
  • savory (Soft, snack, dried fruit like raisins, apricots, prunes, etc.)
  • savory (Crunchy, snack, like salted nuts)
  • sweet snack, like chocolate!
  • fruit (Crunchy sweet snack, like fresh apples, pears, figs, grapes, etc.)
  • breads
  • crackers
  • pretzels

5. Perfect Pastrami Platter

You can pair pastrami and Swiss cheese together, and then perhaps add a Russian dip/spread to it. See the recipe below:

Russian Spread Recipe:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon horseradish
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon onion powder
kosher salt

Combine all ingredients together, and then serve with meat, cheese, and crackers or bread slices.

6. Perfect Pepperoni Platter

Pepperoni and provolone are both good together. And so are tomatoes, olives, and basil. That sounds even better! Serve on a platter with crackers and enjoy!

  • pepperoni slices
  • provolone slices
  • olives
  • cherry tomatoes
  • assorted crackers
  • basil
  • peppers

7. Perfect Prosciutto Platter

For a nice look you can roll up prosciutto slices, and add any of these choices:

  • cherry tomatoes
  • bell pepper slices
  • swiss cheese
  • provolone
  • bread sticks

8. Smoked Salmon Crispies

This is lox without the bagels. This combo is really good summer snack or perfect for a Sunday brunch. And wild caught smoked salmon is the healthiest choice.

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
  • salt (and pepper)
  • crackers of your choice
  • 4 ounces smoked salmon

Mix the sour cream, dill, and salt together. Spread onto the crackers, and add smoked salmon slices on top. If you’re serving guests, you can garnish with some chives.

9. Bacon, Cheese, and Brussels Sprouts Platter

  • 6 pieces (or more) of bacon (thick-cut strips is best)
  • 24 Brussels sprouts (trimmed)
  • salt (and pepper)
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese

Cook bacon and brussels sprouts. Chop them to your liking, and serve with cheddar cheese. Drizzle with maple syrup, mmm! Add salt and pepper to taste.

10. Smoked Salmon and Cucumber Platter

Another brunch meat cheese platter idea. The meat is salmon and the cheese is the cream cheese. Enjoy, this refreshing snack.

1 cucumber (cut on an angle)
1 bunch radishes
1/2 container cream cheese (goat cheese, feta, or cream cheese of your choice. You can even mix and match the cheeses)
1 package smoked salmon
1/4 red onion (small, thinly sliced)
1 teaspoon dill (or 2-3 tbs. Freshly chopped dill)
lemon (optional)
salt and pepper

Cut cucumber, radishes, and onion. In a bowl add cream cheese or cheese of choice, salt and pepper, and a splash of lemon juice. Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cucumber slices. Add the onions, radishes, and smoked salmon. Garnish with chopped dill and enjoy.

11. Smoked Salmon Roses with Endive and Creme Fraiche

  • 3 packages smoked salmon (thinly sliced)
  • 8 ounces creme fraiche
  • 3 heads endive (I used California Endive*)
  • 1/4 red onion (small, diced)
  • 2 tablespoons capers

Slice and roll up salmon. Wash and lay out the endives in a neat pattern. Chop the onions and make or buy creme fraiche. Add salmon, creme fraiche, onions, and capers to the endives. Serve and enjoy.

Homemade Creme Fraiche Recipe:

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cultured buttermilk
  • 2 cups heavy cream 
  • Thermometer

Combine the buttermilk and cream in a saucepan and heat only 85 degrees on a thermometer. Pour into a clean glass jar. Partially cover and let stand at room temperature (between 65 and 75 degrees) for 8 to 24 hours, or until thickened. Stir and refrigerate at least 24 hours before using.

You can also add chopped chives, tarragon, and some lemon juice if desired.

12. Smoked Salmon Platter

Enjoy a seafood platter.

  • pears
  • smoked salmon
  • smoked halibut
  • salami
  • any white cheese
  • roasted hazelnuts
  • crackers
  • pepper jelly (Marion berry, or any pepper jelly)

Simply cut pears, cheese, and meats to your liking. And then serve them with nuts, crackers, and jelly. Enjoy!

13. Ultimate Cured or Smoked Salmon Appetizer Platter

8 ounces yellow potatoes (or any potatoes of your choice)
8 ounces salmon (sliced cured or smoked wild Alaskan)
1/2 red onion (medium, halved and thinly sliced)
1 cup English cucumber (thinly sliced)
1 cup radishes (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced)
2 hard-boiled eggs (large, see Tips, peeled and sliced)
8 teaspoons salmon roe (wild, caviar)
8 teaspoons capers (rinsed)
1 lemon (cut into 8 wedges)
1 tablespoon fresh dill (chopped, plus dill sprigs for garnish)
freshly ground pepper (to taste)


Steam, or boil potato slices for 4-5 minutes or until tender.

Add eggs to a pot with water, and allow to come to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Drain hot water and add cool water or ice to the eggs.

Allow the eggs to cool, and then peel and slice them. Slice and arrange onions, cucumber, radishes, lemons, and tomatoes on to a platter. Arrange all other ingredients neatly next to each other on the platter. Serve and enjoy.

14. Ultimate BBQ Platter

meat cheese platter ideas
  • smoked sausage (or any kind for grilling)
  • BBQ sauce
  • cheese (feta, or any cheese of choice)
  • pork chops
  • smoked turkey slices
  • bell peppers
  • jalapenos
  • 1 jar dill pickles (spears)
  • 1 jar pepperoncinis

On medium high heat grill sausages. Baste with BBQ sauce consistently. Let rest after cooking. Slice diagonally.

I hope you enjoyed these ultimate meat cheese platter ideas. And I hope you try all of them. They are all great for brunches, appetizers, snacks, etc. You’ll guests and family will definitely be impressed with any of the platters you choose to make.

Now It’s Your Turn

Have you tried any of these platters? Please share and let me know what you think, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you!


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