Our Table//Anatomy of a Cheese Plate

904b84e2d3ab47058325e602e8fd9f8bI’ve mentioned before that I love cheese.  A lot.  I also love having people over…I think mostly because I get to put together a nice cheese plate for my guests.  Last week Aubrey came by to visit so I threw this one together.  I won’t even mention how much the two of us ate (all of it).  Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my tips for the perfect cheese platter.  It might not be pretty, but it is always a hit at parties!

I always like the look of serving on a wooden cutting board or tray.  A marble or slate one would be pretty too!  C. Wonder has some seriously cute cheese boards. I especially love this pineapple one.  Cute cheese knives are also a must – I have these from Pottery Barn.

The Cheese

I think it’s important to have at least one crowd pleaser.  People always ask me about the Publix brand Honey Goat Cheese.  It has the perfect amount of sweetness to play of the tangy goat cheese.  Under $5 from Publix

It’s also nice to add at least one option that you know even picky eaters will like.  I mean, who doesn’t like cheddar cheese.  I happen to think that the Cracker Barrel brand is just as good as some of the more fancy brands.

Try to also add in something that not everyone knows about.  Dubliner cheese is usually a hit with people.  It’s kind of a mix between a swiss and an aged parmesan.  You can find in the deli section of almost any grocery store.

The Extras

I always like to add a little charcuterie.  Prosciutto is my go-to, but salami or pepperoni are also great and fit easily on a cracker.

Grapes are a great way to add a little sweetness.  It would also be good to put out a little fig jam, preserves, or a little honey.

I love to use water crackers, but almost any type would do.  I also like to offer an alternative to crackers, like Pretzel Crisps which are in the deli section of almost any grocery store.

Now get out a little wine, and you’re ready to throw a party.  Happy eating!





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