In other words, I want my guests to be able to easily pick it up without needing a utensil or with the help of a toothpick. Charcuterie can also refer to a shop that sells these meats. I need you to for my next shindig. Another good choice is slate because you can write the names of the cheeses in chalk. Wine and Cheese Pairing: Another important factor when picking cheese for your cheese and meat platter is wine pairing. Regular grocery stores have come a long way in their cheese offerings, and nowadays rival any specialty grocery store at least around here.
Use both green and red seedless grapes. Behind chocolate and peanut butter, cheese is a favorite of mine. Totally agree on your cheese options. Serving board: Your cheese platter looks as good as your serving board. Provide a cheese knife for your guests to slice and spread their cheese. A Cheese Platter for Entertaining! An assortment of cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, and crackers make this the perfect cheese board.
I like the small fresh balls to serve for entertaining. A creamy Italian Blue Cheese. And when it comes to easy outdoor entertaining, my go-to set up has always been a beautiful meat and cheese platter. And of course, make sure everything is either finger-friendly or easily spread with a knife. Crackers A variety of crackers can add visual dimension as well as different flavors. On a final note, cheese taste best when it is served at room temperature so I recommend taking it out of the fridge 10-15 minutes before serving. A way to impress your guests is to make an epic cheese board.
Pick four cheeses to start. During the fall serve crisp apple slices, fresh figs and pear slices with a few delicate types of cheese. Cheese should be served at room temperature, so leave it out for at least an hour before serving. Grapes and cheese are awesome together! Call me crazy but thinking about making and serving a cheese platter literally puts a smile on my face. So I ended up putting some mozzarella, cheddar, Pepper Jack cheese my favorite and some gouda.
You decided to serve a cheese platter but your not sure what the best cheeses are for your platter? Maybe friends stop by unexpectedly and you need an easy appetizer to serve. A carefully curated meat and cheese platter is an easy, yet elegant way to turn an otherwise not-so-exciting appetizer to a gourmet dish that is delicious and visually appealing. A soft cheese full of flavor. You can put some sweet and savory ingredients in little serving dishes, and others directly on the platter. In a pinch, Ritz crackers will work too. No matter how many people you'll be serving, include at least three different types of cheese on the platter. A single sensational cheese If you are holding a Cheese and Wine tasting, assemble cheeses on separate plates by style or region, with accompaniments including the recommended matched wine alongside.
I will share some of the most popular fruit and cheese combinations but the sky is the limit as to what you put on your cheese plate. The cheeses I most commonly use on my own personal platters for casual entertaining are Cheddar, Colby Jack, and Monterrey Jack. In the next couple of weeks, a few friends will be coming over from Atlanta to join us witness the season change. Brie always makes a beautiful statement as the centerpiece of a cheese board. As for vegetables, I always include olives, pickles, and some type of peppers on my charcuterie boards. And while you are at it, be sure to pick up a few bottles of Layer Cake wines to enrich the experience and wow your guests. Sweet things ideas: Fresh fruit and jam are the sweet part of the cheese platter.
I make a fruit spread from pears off our tree that is called pear honey and it is great on most cheeses, especially chevre, blue, and cheddar. A specialty cheese shop is a real treat to visit and shop from, but if your budget is important, check out your regular grocery store first. They enable your guests to serve themselves and nibble as they please, while you the host! Buy them fresh to ensure softness. Provide a selection of nuts as well, such as walnuts, cashews and pecans, to provide another textural element. The people at the cheese counter at my grocery store love helping me pick out new cheeses. I was invited to a friend's house last week. I used myin this photo.
Sliced baguettes dipped in olive oil and broiled are perfect for spreading creamy cheeses. And, making a cheese board is actually on my agenda for today, so the timing could not be any more perfect! I came to your site for inspiration and this post popped up. If the only cutting board you're rocking is a flimsy plastic one, don't be afraid to use small bowls and plates. Best of all, cheese platters are a cinch to make. Thankfully, even in our small town, our grocery stores offer a variety of crackers and breadsticks to choose from. Blue cheese swirled with brie? This makes it easy for your guests to spread creamy cheeses on their crackers or bread. If you want to get a little fancier serve a Fruit and Cheese Platter.
This post is sponsored by Layer Cake Wines, but all opinions are mine. While a deli tray is nice, charcuterie boards are one of those rustic but elegant appetizers that fit right into our pop culture craving for all things artisanal, homemade, and consciously produced. Hard and Semi-Hard Cheeses Some cheeses have a tendency to crumble when you slice them, so you need a large cracker to contain all the tasty bits. Crackers are always included, but there may be bread as well. This protein treat works for any sports party and the lineup can be adjusted to fit the season, your guests' preferences, and your budget.
The richness of the proteins and the varying amounts of salt and other seasonings contribute to a meat's depth of taste and make up its unique flavor profile. The ideal platter consists of three types of cheese although there can be more depending on preference. Filed Under: , , , , , , Tagged With: , , , , About Arlene Mobley. It works well alone, or with a bit of prosciutto. This pairs well with crackers, apples, honey, and pears.