Recipe for a Perfect Cheese Platter
Labor Day weekend was spent among friends and family in Illinois. My parents had a BBQ at their home on Saturday and I decided to prepare a cheese platter as an appetizer. My husband was slightly clueless on how to put a cheese platter together so his cluelessness inspired this blog post. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to put together an epic cheese platter. And don't forget to support your local farms and businesses, adding local selections to your cheese platter can make for great conversation at your gathering. Enjoy!
1) Cut the cheese. I’m kidding guys! You have to pick the perfect assortment of cheese first! Go for variety, grab a few (3-5) that compliment each other but have different textures. My family has a diverse palate so I tend to grab traditional Cabot sharp cheddar, a soft cheese like Brie, and a cheese that has a bold flavor like Cabot's garlic and herb cheddar or Cabot's smoky bacon cheddar.
2) Grab savory elements. A nice spicy mustard or sweet habanero jelly are my go-to’s. I also pack my cheese platter with mixed nuts and olives.
3) Add the sweets! I always pair cheddar with a freshly sliced granny smith apple. Apple butter, bacon jam, dried fruit, and grapes are all good options too! I also like to add dark chocolate pieces to cleanse the palate.
4) Carb it up! Find crackers or a fresh baguette (sliced) or both that suite your tastes. I love Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers and water crackers. Just remember guests like options! So give them a few!
5) Where’s the meat? Prosciutto, salami, sausage, any of these are good options! Variety variety variety, that’s what makes a cheese platter appealing!