6 DIY Accoutrements for the Perfect Cheese Plate

Make the ultimate cheese plate.

Impress your guests with a stunning homemade cheese plate. First, consult our guide to the nation's best cheesemakers, then accessorize your plate. From crunchy wheat crackers to sweet-tangy compote, here are six 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. They can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container for up to two days.

2. Fig Jam

fig jam

This super-simple fig jam recipe — just figs, sugar, and lemon juice — can be easily upgraded with white port and rosemary for an extra special treat.

3. Dried Apricot and Cherry Mostarda


This sweet-tart jammy mustard condiment is ready in just 15 minutes. It's also wonderful spread on a sandwich or with grilled meat.

4. Fresh Raspberry Preserves

Fresh Raspberry Preserves
© Con Poulos

Chef Iliana Regan uses a bit of acidic red wine vinegar to temper the sweetness in her juicy raspberry preserves.

5. Spiced Candied Almonds

Spiced Candied Almonds
Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

Inspired by the candied nuts sold at carts throughout New York City, these not-too-sweet toasted almonds have a great crackly shell that contrasts nicely with creamy, piquant cheeses.

6. Cranberry-Licorice Compote

Cranberry-Licorice Compote
© Tina Rupp

This sweet and tangy compote is spiced with star anise, cinnamon, vanilla, citrus zest, and Pernod. Try it with fresh goat cheese.

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