So it’s the holiday season, and you’re either hosting this year or have been asked to contribute something to the celebration or meal, have you thought about a charcuterie and cheese plate? Get the perfect plate in just five easy steps.
#1: Select your cheeses. To make it easier, pick from these categories: soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, and hard (bonus points for something smoked). Seems simple enough– I went with Brie, Blue Cheese, Manchego, Aged Cheddar, and Smoked Gouda– sure to please any crowd.
#2: The vehicle. This is generally crackers or some crusty bread. Done.
#3: Something sweet. Fresh fruits like grapes, or apples are a no-brainer, you could also try fresh figs, or dried fruits like apricots, pears and cranberries. Honey is another great option, I love a slice of Manchego drizzled with a bit of honey– yum!
#4: Something savory. Salted nuts or olives are always a nice addition to your cheese plate. But pickles, like cornishons, are my all-time favorite.
#5: Meat. We’re talking cured meats here, like Prosciutto or Salami. How about Sopressata or Bresaola?
Happy yummy holidays!