Holiday Cheese Plate, 4 Ways

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Whether served as an hors d’oeuvre before dinner or as a sweet-savory treat after the meal, a cheese plate adds an elegant touch to any occasion. Stock your refrigerator with a few “special occasion” cheeses, flavorful nuts and fresh, seasonal fruit, and you’ll have an almost instant crowd-pleasing course.

 

About 2 hours before serving, remove cheeses from the refrigerator, unwrap them and allow them to come to room temperature.¬†When you’re ready to serve, arrange cheeses, fruit and nuts on a cutting board, marble slab, or 1 or more platters. Include a spreader for each soft cheese and a sharp paring knife or cheese plane for hard cheese. Offer a bread basket or board with baguette rounds, thin slices of dark bread, or crackers.

 


Italian Cheese Plate

6 to 8 ounces hard sheep’s milk, such as pecorino
6 to 8 ounces blue-veined cheese, such as Gorgonzola
6 to 8 ounces triple-cream cheese, such as La Tur
1 cup grapes
1/2 cup Marcona almonds 

When ready to serve, arrange cheeses, grapes and almonds on a cutting board, marble slab, or 1 or more platters. Serves 4 to 6.

Farmhouse Cheese Plate

6 to 8 ounces aged goat’s milk cheese
6 to 8 ounces aged cow’s milk cheese, such as Gouda or Cheddar
6 to 8 ounces Gruyere cheese
2 apples, thinly sliced
1/4 cup apricot chutney
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/2 cup pistachio nuts 

When ready to serve, arrange cheeses, apple slices, chutney, dates and pistachios on a cutting board, marble slab or 1 or more platters. Serves 4 to 6.

Late-Harvest Cheese Plate

6 to 8 ounces semisoft blue-veined cheese, such as Blue Valdeon
6 to 8 ounces Parmesan cheese
6 to 8 ounces semihard goat’s milk cheese, such as Garrotxa
6 fresh figs, quartered
1/4 pound honeycomb
1/2 cup walnuts 

When ready to serve, arrange cheeses, figs, honeycomb and walnuts on a cutting board, marble slab, or 1 or more platters. Serves 4 to 6.

Winter Cheese Plate

6 to 8 ounces ash-coated cheese, such as Humboldt Fog, Valencay or Selles-sur-Cher
6 to 8 ounces creamy goat’s milk cheese, such as crottin de Chavignol
6 to 8 ounces Manchego cheese (optional)
1 pear, thinly sliced
1/4 cup raspberry jam
1 fig bar, sliced
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted 

When ready to serve, arrange cheeses, pear slices, jam, fig bar and hazelnuts on a cutting board, marble slab, or 1 or more platters. Serves 4 to 6.

 

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    party in Dec. must add it to the table.

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