How to Make a Holiday Cheese Platter
As the go-go holidays arrive full force, odds are we’ll all find ourselves with an unexpected opportunity to host or attend a celebration. Be prepared for unanticipated frivolity with these helpful tips to create an inspired and memorable cheese plate in a flash.
One of the easiest and most satisfying quick turn spreads involves cheese and a few inspired accompaniments that add a color punch and textural elements, creating a festive feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Set yourself up for a satisfying spread by choosing a few of your favorite Rogue Creamery cheeses and stocking up on a bevy of cheese-friendly items to tuck away in your pantry. Not only do they come in handy for those unanticipated arrivals, this protein packed array makes a super satisfying meal on those nights when the holiday rush leaves you too pooped to cook.
Selecting the Cheese
To Accompany the Selections
For Color: reach for dried fruits like apricots, cranberries and golden raisins. Not only do they add a gorgeous pop of color, they also add a delightful, fruity sweetness which is a perfect foil to the rich, salty and savory notes of the cheese.
For Crunch: look to crackers and nuts. Never underestimate the power of a satisfying crunch in a well-composed cheese plate. Today’s crackers run the gamut from air-thin wafers to extra-sturdy specimens that add a toothsome crunch and contrast to creamy cheeses. Nuts have long been a standout on cheese plates, echoing the nutty nuances in many cheeses.
For Contrast: seek out a special single- varietal honey, spicy jams or exotic chutney. These elements add a note of the unexpected and can transform a wedge from tasty to transcendent. Honey is a particularly good choice when featuring a bold blue cheese as it cuts the intensity and makes it accessible for even the most timid taster.
Serving the Cheese: Traditional cheese plates are often composed of wedges or rounds of various cheeses with a smattering of fruit, nuts and accompaniments on a large platter or cheese board. This works well for guests familiar with cutting and serving their own cheeses. For guests less familiar with cheese platters, give them a head start by cutting a few wedges or triangles of cheese to demonstrate how best to cut and serve. Even better, cut single-serving pieces and provide forks or tongs to remove all serving obstacles.
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