It’s that time of year again, when party invitations start rolling and planning elaborate meals begins. I much prefer cooking simple meals and taking flowers to parties for the hostess gifts, but that’s not always appropriate this time year. Since I love creating cheese spreads and sandwich platters for weekend lunches at home, I thought it would be fun to talk about how to make a cheese platter that is the perfect starter for any holiday event.
It can seem over-whelming to create a balanced and pretty cheese platter, but when applying the rule of threes they are actually very simple to create. Following the rule of threes to create a sweet and savory platter like the one above entails choosing three cheeses, three carbs, three savory items, and 3 sweet items. You can also simplify and do a sandwich platter that would contain 3 carbs, 3 sandwich meats, and 3 cheeses. When choosing the 3 cheeses choose one hard cheese, cheddar is always a good choice, one semi-soft cheese like gouda or pepper jack, and 1 soft cheese, such as brie or blue cheese. Savory items can be mustard, olives, salami, mini vegetables or ham. Popular sweet items include fruit, honey, nuts, or jams. For the carbs, I like to have a mix of basic breads and crackers.
I’m always a fan of sweet and savory cheese platters since they allow for people to create tons of combinations that are dessert or appetizer like. Two of my favorite combinations are mini bell peppers stuffed with brie and topped with an almond or a dried apricot paired with a cracker and gouda and topped with a drizzle of honey. Both are unique combinations and so flavorful that are sure to be a hit at any holiday party!
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Giveaway open: Monday, November 16 at 12AM PST through Monday, November 23 at 11:59PM PST