Make the ultimate cheese plate.

Impress guests with a stunning homemade cheese plate. First, consult our guide to the nation's best artisanal cheeses, then accessorize you plate. From crunchy wheat crackers to sweet-tangy compote, here are five DIY accoutrements to elevate any cheese plate.

1. Homemade Wheat Crackers

Homemade Wheat Crackers

These thin, tasty crackers are super-crunchy and delicious with cheese.

2. Pickled Grapes with Walnuts

Pickled Grapes with Walnuts

Four ingredients is all you need for this excellent cheese plate side.

3. Dried Apricot and Cherry Mostarda


This sweet-tart jam-like condiment is ready in just 15 minutes.

4. Toasted Nuts in Honey

Toasted Nuts in Honey
Credit: © Frances Janisch

For a party, roast different types of nuts so everyone can choose their favorite varieties.

5. Cranberry-Licorice Compote

Cranberry-Licorice Compote
Credit: © Tina Rupp

Try this sweet-and-tangy compote with fresh goat cheese.