If it were socially acceptable (and affordable) to eat a plate of cheese for dinner every night I would.
I love them. Like LOVE them. They are my favorite part about parties and get-togethers. I typically prefer to sit on the couch and netflix (I consider it a verb) every night than actually put pants on. But if I’m going somewhere and I know they’re serving a cheese plate I will go. Cheese plates are totally pants-worthy (did I just say that?).
When Chels and I were 15 she came to Hilton Head with me for a family vacation. We went out to eat one night and for whatever reason nothing sounded appetizing. Until I saw the cheese plate in the appetizer section. This is when my love of cheese and cheese plates started. Aside from the blue cheese, I literally hate blue cheese. But it works out because Chelsea loves it.
I’ve had so many in my day that I like to think of myself as somewhat of a charcuterie connoisseur (I’m so fancy). Creating your own is honestly one of the easiest appetizers to serve because you don’t have to get crazy, you can just serve a variety of your favorite cheese with some fresh bread and whatever fruit is in season.
5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Cheese Board:
- Know your audience and how adventurous they are. For those who like classics stick to the basics like cheddar, swiss etc. If they are more of a foodie you can throw in some more unique cheese like blues and goats.
- Knowing your party size is an important element to consider so you know how much cheese and food to buy and how many varieties to get. A good rule is to assume 3 ounces of cheese per guest. If you’re serving dinner too, only serve around 3 varieties, but if you’re only serving bites and appetizers go with around 6.
- Having the right tools is essential to executing your cheese board. I love this slate cheese board because you can write the types of cheese in chalk. Set out these knives so your guests can dig in.
- Selecting the right cheese is the heart of your cheese board. In addition, make sure you serve your cheese at room temperature for easy cutting. A good rule is to set it out 30 minutes before your guests arrive. Here are the important elements for choosing your cheese:
- Something sharp like a Cheddar or Parmigiano Reggiano.
- Something funky like a Wedge or Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese.
- Something creamy like Brie or Boursin Cheese (recipe below).
- Something fresh like a Fresh Goat’s Cheese.
- Something fun like a Fruity Cheese.
- Something nutty like Smoked Gouda.
- Jazz up your plate with accompaniments. You can choose these based on the season, but here are some of my favorites:
- Honey, for drizzling
- Crusty bread or crackers
- Seasonal fruit
- 2- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
- 8 ounces of butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon dried dill
- ¼ teaspoon marjoram
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- Using a hand mixer or food processor, mix the butter and cream cheese until combined.
- Add all of the seasons and mix until smooth.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Can keep refrigerated up to 1 week.