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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ten on Tuesday | The Perfect Cheese Plate.

...this week, Carole's asked us to share our ten favorite cheeses. Scrolling through my photos and previous blog posts, I don't see a lot of "just" cheese, but there are a quite a few cheese plates. Including this one, from last May's visit to Florence.

A cheese plate is one of my favorite things to order out...and make in. So I'm expanding on Carole's topic to list ten things that make my perfect cheese plate:

1. a good platter. my favorites include a wooden tray, an ironwork tray with a glass bottom and a slate tile.

2. an assortment of cheeses. hard and soft. cow, sheep and goat. mild and strong. spicy and sweet. my go-to's are an extra sharp cheddar and/or manchego, a blue and a semi-soft, like a fresh goat cheese, maybe rolled in herbs.

3. fruit. grapes. pomegranate seeds. apple or pear slices, especially nice with a fresh goat cheese or creme cheese, like brie or camembert.

4. greens. I shared an amazing plate last week that had a tiny mound of spring greens tossed with the lightest vinaigrette. loved the fresh healthy tastes. (especially on a cheese plate :-)

5. olives. salt goes so well with cheese. and fruit.

6. nuts. marcona almonds are my all-time favorite. with walnuts, regular almonds and lightly toasted pecans coming second. the key here is to balance salty/sweet with the rest of the plate.

7. bread. thinking of this broadly to cover crackers and toasts and crisps... the crisper the better, in my opinion. and I love mixing savory and sweet here, too.

8. condiments. fig jam (awesome with manchego), cranberry compote or another savory jam. that amazing plate from last week also included pickled radish. and a house-made coarse mustard.

9. wine. of course.

10. friends. the best cheese plates have a lot of variety, which means larger quantities. and really, all food is best enjoyed with friends...and wine!

And there you have it...at least my version of it. I'd love to hear what you'd do differently. Any and all suggestions welcome!

Click here to join the Ten on Tuesday fun. You won't be disappointed!

 

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6 Comments:

Blogger Carole Julius said...

I'll share a cheese plate with you anytime!

Wednesday, 25 March, 2015  
Blogger margene said...

I'd love your cheese plate as I could eat everything except the cheese and be well fed!

Wednesday, 25 March, 2015  
Blogger Lydia said...

I love that these cheese plates can be a meal in themselves. You've made me hungry now!

Wednesday, 25 March, 2015  
Blogger Honoré said...

When's the next plate? Love this; all looks and sounds so yummy, yummy!
Cheers~

Wednesday, 25 March, 2015  
Blogger Patty said...

That is the best list! And #10 is the best ingredient!

Thursday, 26 March, 2015  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

Yum! And thanks for the "recipe." I love ordering cheese plates but never gave much thought to making one myself... maybe I will!!
:)

Thursday, 26 March, 2015  

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