Aug 21, 2014 · "When preparing a cheese plate, make a few slices to get guests started (and avoid a mess later on)," they suggest. "Slice the cheese with the rind on; guests can discard it on their plates." Check out these helpful diagrams below for the best way to cut your cheeses -- from Gruyere to goat -- and rid your cheese-platter woes for good. Combine the ricotta, goat cheese, eggs, basil, ½ cup of the Parmesan, 1½ teaspoons salt, and ¾ teaspoon pepper in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed. Spread 1 cup of the marinara in a 9 × 13 × 2-inch baking dish.