How to make a Cheese Plate

Stilton

Yum

humboldt fog

cheese plate

i love cheese so much, I could eat it everyday. All varieties. Every texture. Join me on this episode of Cook This! (Video Link) where I guide you through making the ideal cheese board. It’s the perfect starter when entertaining for the holidays. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all.

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Ideal Cheese Board

by shereen pavlides

© 2013 Tweet and Eats

This cheese board is a guideline, you can customize and personalize your own to your liking. My suggestion for choosing variety is noted in parentheses. For a smaller cheese board, choose 3 cheese varieties to serve 5 – 6.

for the apple crackers:

juice of 1 freshly squeezed lemon

1 granny smith apple – thinly sliced

1 gala, pink lady or fuji apple – thinly sliced

for the cheese board:

about 1/2 pound Pecorino Toscano (firm, sheep’s milk from Italy)

about 1/2 pound Gouda (semi firm, cow’s milk from Holland)

about 1/2 pound Drunken Goat (semi soft, goat’s milk from Spain)

about 1/2 pound Humboldt Fog (soft, goat’s milk from USA)

about 1/2 pound Stilton (blue, cow’s milk from United Kingdom)

fig jam

honey

variety of dried fruits and nuts: apricots, figs and/or cranberries. Candied walnuts and/or pecans

2 (4 1/2-ounce) packages table water crackers

 

prep: 10 minutes

serves: 10 – 12

Prep ahead tip: Can make cheese board up to 4 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Remove to room temperature, 1 hour before your guests arrive for best flavor.

how to prepare the apple crackers:

Drizzle the lemon juice all over the apple slices. {Can store in a zipper bag, pushing out all the air and place in the refrigerator up to 4 hours ahead. The lemon juice will prevent the apples from browning}

arranging the cheese board:

Place the wedges of cheese onto the board, some standing up and some laying flat.

Arrange the fig jam and honey into two small separate glass or decorative bowls with a tiny spoon, onto the center or around the border of the board.

Freely place the dried fruits and/or nuts in between the cheeses, leaving room for your guests to be able to cut into each cheese. Don’t forget the cheese knifes for each cheese.

Stack the crackers throughout and fan spread the apple slices near the stilton (your blue cheese).

{Personal Note: My favorite cheese combination is to dress an apple cracker with the stilton then drizzle honey overtop. The sweetness of the honey cuts through the sharp pungency from the blue cheese, then finishes with a water crunch from the apple}. To. Die. For.

 


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