Tuesday, April 29, 2014

cheese plate tips

Mmmm. Cheese. The sole reason I could never be vegan or do the paleo diet for an extended period of time. Did you know there are seasonal cheeses? I had no idea until Whole Foods put me on assignment to create a spring cheese plate. I chose a manchego and a DELICIOUS maple smoked cheddar ((that my be the best cheese I've ever tasted, even though I'm a gouda lover)). 


Manchego is subtly sweet and slightly nutty and is paired well with a pinot grigio or cider. It goes great with charcuterie ((fancy word for a miscellaneous deli meats such as proscuitto or salami)) - but I love to put some fresh basil on top, drizzle it with olive oil and finish it off with some freshly cracked pepper served on a cracker. One of my favorite things I've learned from my mother in law in the kitchen!

The cheddar was just so flavorful and delicious that I had to just serve it with crackers - no more, no less. Serve it alongside a brown ale or even make it into a hot grilled ham & cheese sandwich. YUM. 

What are your favorite "fancy cheese" options that you put out for snacking when you have guests over? What do you serve them with? Another favorite combination of mine is thinly sliced provolone rolled up with genoa salami.

Here are some tips for creating a cheese board:
1. Pick 2-3 cheeses of contrasting textures and flavors: creamy, firm, sweet, pungent. If you're feeling fancy, make chalkboard labels or maybe you have one of those chalkboard cheese boards! Otherwise, if you're not trying to impress anyone, you can just leave the label/packaging next to the cheese.
2. Two ounces of cheese per person is a good rule of thumb, hostesses!
3. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving for optimal flavor. 






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This post is sponsored by Whole Foods because I am a part of their Whole Foods Ambassador Blogger Program. I was not compensated for this post, except for with gift cards to purchase my ingredients. Consider yourself disclosed ;) 

9 comments:

  1. Yumm! Cheese is my favorite! I could live off of bread and cheese. :)

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  2. ohhh yummy! i love me a cheese and cracker!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  3. We live about 3 hours away from Amish Country. Oh, cheese heaven! My favorites are horseradish and hot pepper...not super fancy, but oh so delicious! :) I had no idea you were supposed to set cheese out before you serve it. Makes sense!

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  4. I love Whole Foods, and cheese. We try to find interesting cheeses from Whole Foods to go with different wines sometimes, and one that we liked a lot was a raspberry cheese. Surprisingly, it was really good, especially with a white wine.

    xoxo

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  6. Your cheese platter looks wonderful! I love how you paired the cheese with basil ! Looks delicious!

    Mica
    Customer recommendations for Land For Sale in Alaska raw

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