Meat and Cheese at Every Event
Nothing is better at a party than meat and cheese. A selection of charcuterie and artisan cheeses can turn a simple Tuesday supper into a festive event. You can take our word for it!
When putting together your cheese plate / board / platter, first consider how many people you will have in attendance. You can make adorable individual cheese and charcuterie plates (such as the one pictured below) for a more intimate affair.
Or you can make massive platters such as this one for hours-long cocktail receptions.
The only thing missing in the center of those massive silver platters are olives and pepperoncini! Below is one of our favorite brands:
Next, while selecting your cheeses, choose as many different flavors and textures as you can. A soft and creamy option such as Brie or Camembert is a good jumping off point. Then you can add a firmer style, such as cheddar or an aged Gruyère. A hard grating style cheese like Parmesan is always a lovely contrast. As is a blue (like Gorgonzola). We also like to add a fresh goat when available. If you have a favorite flavored cheese – like this Original Irish Porter Cheddar from Cahill’s – feel free to include it!
As for the meat selection, include at least as many different kinds of charcuterie as you have cheese. A few of our (easy-to-find) favorites: prosciutto, salami, chorizo and mortadella. Check your local grocery store for a pre-sliced antipasti pack:
All you have left are the accompaniments. Choose any and all of the following: marcona almonds, olives, fresh and/or dried fruit, honey, quince paste, cornichons…. if you want to eat it with cheese, chances are your friends will too. Just don’t forget the bread and crackers!