Cheese could be a food group all its own! Whether you’re looking for appetizers, main courses or even desserts, cheese can easily be a core ingredient. A lot of the cheese dishes in this collection can be made ahead and travel well, perfect for your next community association block party! A good cheese plate is also a thing of beauty.
- If you’re interested in making a good basic cheese plate for that block party, you need to include a good variety. Four kinds of cheese is a good number, maybe five if you’re serving a crowd.
- Think about who will be eating the cheese. If your audience includes children, make sure there’s at least one familiar variety such as cheddar or Monterrey Jack. When serving a more sophisticated crowd, go wild with exciting blue cheeses like Stilton or St. Agur.
- Vary your textures and milk types. Consider having one cow’s milk cheese, one sheep’s milk and one goat milk, if your audience will enjoy that.
- Mix harder cheeses with softer ones; pair a Brie or Camembert with Parmigiano-Reggiano and a medium cheese like a good Irish cheddar or gouda. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
- Two caveats: don’t load your cheese plate with flavored cheeses and keep any toppings (a balsamic drizzle is delightful with Parmigiano-Reggiano) to the side, not poured over the cheese.
- NEVER serve a cheese plate fridge cold. Cheeses need to come to room temperature for their flavors and textures to develop.
- Keep crackers or toasts simple, not heavily flavored. The cheese is the star!
Check out the recipes below and get cooking!