Building Your Perfect Cheese Plate
Happy Sunday Everyone!
This weekend we had a special visitor, P's mom, so I wanted to make sure we had tons of yummy snacks and food on hand. I personally have never found a cheese plate I don't like, but over the years I have grown to appreciate certain touches to make the perfect cheese plate.
P's mom landed in Charlotte on Friday evening, so before we started our evening of grilling pizzas and drinking great wine, I made sure we had something to munch on right away. I personally always come off planes starving, so I thought she would appreciate having something small immediately while we prepped for dinner. When I was at the store thinking of everything I could include on my cheese plate, I followed these simple tricks to make sure we had great flavors and variety for everyone.
1. Choose a few different style cheeses. The point of the plate (besides eating amazing cheese --DUH) is to have a tasting option for your guests. I like to go with one hard cheese, one soft cheese and one wild card. The wild card is usually a bit more out of the box and has a stronger taste (think blue cheese family).
2. Make sure to have a variety of textures. I always like to include a soft bread and crackers with my cheese plates because not every cheese goes perfectly with both. The harder cheeses need a solid cracker while the soft are so much better on a soft, fresh piece of bread.
3. Incorporate sweet and salty. I always love to have a fruit aspect to my cheese plate whether it be dried fruit or a jam. I think this compliments a cheese plate so well and really takes it to the next level. As for salty, I love having olives, cured meat or even some almonds to provide contrast for some of those creamy cheeses.
If you keep those three tips in mind you are guaranteed to wow your guests with an amazing cheese plate for pre or post dinner :)
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