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Meat and Cheese at Every Event

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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.

Cheese board

Cheese board

 

Or you can make massive platters such as this one for hours-long cocktail receptions.

Large cheese platters

Large cheese platters

The only thing missing in the center of those massive silver platters are olives and pepperoncini! Below is one of our favorite brands:

Les Trois Petits Cochons Petits Poivrons

Les Trois Petits Cochons Petits Poivrons

 

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!

 

Original Irish Porter Cheddar

Original Irish Porter Cheddar

 

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:

 

Busseto Antipasti Classico

Busseto Antipasti Classico

 

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!

AUTHOR - Beth Sogaard

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