A Kasbrettl is an assortment of cheeses arranged on a board.
Bavarian Cheese Board
Cheeseboards are not only for vegetarians a popular food choice in the Oktoberfest tents in Munich.
Read below to find some inspiration for a German inspired cheese platter.
How is Cheese called in German?
Cheese is called "Käse".
How to pronounce "Käse"?
Listen to this audio file to hear how to say "Käse" in German.
A well-assembled cheese platter is always a hit!
It is easy and takes little time to prepare. However, these tips should be considered:
Around a half an hour before serving, the cheese should be removed from the refrigerator so that the aroma can develop fully. The only exception: cream cheese should be served chilled. It is best to pre-cut the cheese into slices – that way the cheese will not dry out and the taste is best maintained.
Depending on if the cheese platter is served on its own or at the end of a meal, there is a rule of thumb in regard to quantity: 2-3 oz. per person of cheese when the platter concludes the menu and 6-8 oz. per person when it is served alone.
When shopping for your cheese selection, the following applies: the platter should have between five to nine types/flavors of cheese.
A good orientation offers a “cheese clock”. The cheese is presented clockwise from mild to sharp in the order in which they should be enjoyed.
Ideally the decoration on a cheese platter should not only look beautiful but also can be eaten along with the cheese. Some examples are: red and green grapes, cherry tomatoes, pickled vegetables, and figs.
Depending on the type of cheese, pear slices or radishes also make a delicious decoration.
In addition to fruits and vegetables, nuts and herbs give the cheese platter a final touch.
Oktoberfest Cheese Board Recipe
German Cheese Platter
- Brie or Camembert
- Blue cheese
- Hard cheese like Alpine Style
- Gruyère or Swiss
- Pretzels or pretzel rolls
- Kaiser rolls
- Farmer´s bread
- Arrange all items on a wooden board or serving plate.
- Cover with cling film and refrigerate if you don´t serve it right away.
Serve with fresh homemade German bread and/or rolls.
Shopping Tip: If you can´t find high quality European style cheeses in your supermarket you can try Farmer´s markets or online shops to find authentic cheese variations.