Here are eight great ways to make a kid friendly cheese platter for parties, snacking, or as a meal in itself and that even adults will love.
Kids, young and old, like to nosh, and what better way to do this than with a kid-friendly cheese platter.
Cheese platters or boards (as they are also known as) can be elaborate or simple but what sets them apart from the “adult” version is that the youngster’s palates are taken into consideration.
It’s easy to assemble these for parties, holiday events or even a snack. And, because you control what goes on it, cheese platters can be a healthy way to nosh no matter the occasion.
What I’ve found over the years is that my own kids’ taste buds have changed from time-to-time, and so does their pickiness for which foods that they gravitate toward versus others.
But not to worry. By providing a balanced platter for kids to nosh from will give them the freedom to not only to eat their favorite foods but also provide an opportunity to choose something that they might not have tried before. Which for parents is a win-win situation.
Need more inspiration and ideas?
Here are eight more great ways to make the best kid-friendly cheese platter or board—ever!
1. Cheese for Kids
When assembling a cheese platter for your child, you’ll want to provide a variety of flavors and textures. It’s always best to stay away from the exotic cheeses unless your child’s palate is ready for it.
You’ll also want to think milder, “younger” varieties of cheese versus aged, sharper versions like cheddar. Especially if your child is a bit squeamish or picky about food that is far from the norm.
Here is a short list of cheese that kids love:
- Baby Swiss
- Colby Jack
- Pepper Jack
- Monterey Jack
- White Vermont Cheddar
- Wisconsin Brick
- Farmer’s Cheese
- String Cheese
- Mini Babybel Cheese
- Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges
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2. Charcuterie for Children
A great way to expand a cheese platter is to add sliced sausages. This is one of finger foods that kids crave. In fact, even little hands love stacking up sausage with cheese slices on crackers.
That being said, it’s best to start with a mild sausage like salami first to see how your child fares with it. Then, gradually add in other delicious meats like summer sausage, pepperoni, meat sticks, working your way up to prosciutto or even Serrano ham.
Tip: Hard boiled eggs are not only delicious as is, but they also make amazing deviled eggs that little tikes love to eat.
3. Provide a Kid-Worthy Centerpiece
When serving a cheese platter make the display a standout with a beautiful food-inspired centerpiece. It really isn’t difficult to do, if you know how. Check out these video tutorials that will have your child oohing and ahhing:
Edible Apple Swan
Cooking Tip: Don’t forget the “platter” itself. This can be the center of attention too. There are heart-shaped boards, ones in the shape of the state which you live in, or even fruit-shape ones (See below).
4. Finger Foods with Kids in Mind
As mentioned before, kid-friendly cheese platters are made for little fingers, so you might want to precut your meats and cheeses rather than have them doing it themselves.
Doing so will make it easy for little ones to snack on-the-go and for you to be able manage their portions with ease.
Cooking Tip: If you want to make it quick and easy, there are a number of meats and cheeses already sliced or cubed right off the grocery shelf or in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store. Sargento makes “Snack Bites” cheese, perfect for little fingers.
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5. Add a Splash of Color
Unfortunately, cheese can be a drag when it comes to colorful cheese boards. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for this—quite the contrary.
Why not intermingle fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as tasty greens and pitted olives alongside your cheese and sausage offerings, to make your cheese board not only appealing for the eyes but also for the tummy.
6. Snacks to Crunch and Munch
Kids love crunchy foods Here are my favorite picks to encourage kids to crunch and munch:
- Pretzels: twists and sticks
- Trisket crackers
- Goldfish: pretzel, cheese
- tortilla chips
- Savory pita chips
- Potato chips
- Toasted baguette slices
Cooking Tip: Be sure to only put out age-appropriate foods to avoid choking, especially if children are younger than three years of age.
7. Don’t Forget Fruits and Vegetable
Want your child to get their daily serving of fruits and veggies? You can do this simply by incorporating your child’s favorites by cutting them up into colorful shapes and sizes.
Cheese Platter Safety – Remember to check with parents of any visiting youngsters to make sure that the food you serve won’t be harmful to them—like peanuts, shellfish or foods with sulfites (or sulfates), just to name a few—due to allergies or other health conditions.
8. Wow Your Little Dippers
You can also add more pizzazz to your cheese platter by including some dipping sauces and fruit and veggie dips along with your crudités. This will expand the realm of the ho hum cheese and sausage platter to a whole other level.
Here are just a few of my favorite kid-worthy dips:
- fruit dip
- pico de gallo
- ranch dip
- oil and balsamic vinegar
- flavored butter
- jams and jellies
- lemon curd
- yogurt dip
- creamy dill dip
- bean dip
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to put together a kid-friendly cheese platter. Hey, come to think of it, adults might even feel inclined to nibble now and again too. Enjoy!
For more delicious kid-friendly recipes, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Recipe Section and these family favorites: