Fridaaaay! What do you all have planned this weekend? If you’re heading to a party and stressed out about a last minute edible contribution, stress no more. There’s no better appetizer around the holidays/any day of life than a gorgeous beautiful delightful plate of cheese and meats. Yes, I do think that cheese is pretty, especially if you arrange it as well as Lindsay!
While I’ve got major charcuterie envy from her arrangements, I’ve learned that simple is my style when it comes to putting together a cheese plate and I usually follow these 5 guidelines for a great variety of things to taste!
Something sharp: Cheddar, always – Even the pickiest eater will enjoy!
Something creamy: Brie – Best served with a sliced baguette pretending you are Belle.
Something funKy: Blue – the best kind of Blue Christmas one can have.
Something nutty: “This cheese plate is so GOUDa!” – said everyone at your party.
Something fresh: Goat – we love this with fig spread or jam on top!
Your next steps are what turn your “boring” plate of cheese into CHARCUTERIE, which is obviously fancier and more delicious. Add bread and crackers, meats (prosciutto and salami are my favorites, but you can go basic with pepperoni if you wish) and a variety of snack-y items like almonds, raisins and fruits.
If you’re looking to go even smaller and more simple, I personally think you can narrow down to 2 cheeses and 1 meat and still have a beautiful cheese tray. For last night’s small gathering I went with only brie, gouda and prosciutto and no one kicked me out, so.
Don’t stress over what to serve it on. If you’re staying at home, you can be “extra” with wooden serving trays (see a few examples below) and cake platters, but if you’re traveling, a plastic tray from the dollar store can be left behind and not worried about. No one will judge you, and if they do, they get no cheese.
Most importantly – Don’t forget the wine. Cheers, and have a WONDERFUL holiday! : )