I love to host guests at my home. Whether it is a full blown dinner party, or just having a girlfriend over for a little kiki, I make sure that I am always ready for whoever stops by. One of my go to apps to serve is the cheese plate… mostly, because I am obsessed with cheese and I am the one who ends up eating most of any cheese plate! A well executed cheese plate makes any gathering just a little more fabulous and if you serve no other apps or snacks… a simple cheese plate is really all you need.
Here are a few tips that will make your cheese plate super fab and chances are you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.
Start with an assortment of cheese. You really need no more than 3 different kinds. When you are staring overwhelmingly at the all the varieties of cheese in the cheese department just remember this: 1 soft cheese (like brie), 1 flavored cheese (like blue cheese or chive goat cheese), and 1 hard cheese (like cheddar). Easy enough right!?
Next, choose a fruit to accompany your cheeses. I like to use grapes because I usually have them lying around and they are cheap. But you can use blueberries, cut up strawberries or blackberries… get creative!
Choose an assortment of nuts and crackers. Again, I mostly go with almonds because I always have them in the pantry. As far as crackers, I like to offer 2 options… a multi-grain cracker and a flavored one like rosemary. Lastly, a little pot or jar of either honey or jam is a really chic finishing touch…again, something I always have laying around.