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Inviting Cheese Platters

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I haven’t met a cheese I don’t like! Because of that, I am a huge fan of serving cheese as an appetizer. It’s so easy to put a cheese platter together and it never gets boring. You can always try new pairings of cheese and different accoutrements.

Fall is just around the corner, and it’s the ideal time to have friends over for some wine and cheese. Figs are in season and they pair so well with cheese.

There are so many specialty shops, such as Whole Foods, that have fabulous cheese departments. These stores have influenced our local grocery chains to up their game when it comes to cheese varieties. Once you select your cheese, you can be as creative as you like with the accoutrements. If you are not sure goes with a certain cheese, ask your cheesemonger.

Artistic Cheese Platters

Putting a cheese platter together is a wonderful form of food art. You can assemble your platter however you like.  Personally, I think the more rustic the better. Sort of coloring outside of the lines.

The following photos will inspire you to head to your local cheese shop.

Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Fig Cheese Platevia How Sweet It Is

Prosciutto Cheese Platter

via Jennifer Joyce

Jamie's Italian Plank Cheese Board

via Jamie’s Italian

Fall Cheese Platter

via Honestly Yum

Taste of France Cheese Platter

via Wedding Chicks

Cake Stand Cheese Platter

via Evite

Summer Cheese Plate

via Williams Sonoma

Favorite Cheese

Rembrandt Extra Aged Gouda Cheese

It’s hard to pick just one cheese to call it my favorite but one of my top ten would be Rembrandt’s Extra Aged Gouda Cheese from Holland. One website described it as “Extra aged gouda with a taste of honey, caramel, butterscotch and a slight, spicy finish of aged whiskey.” Personally, I would never have been able to come up with that description. I just know it’s delicious!

What is your favorite cheese, and what do you like to pair it with? Please share in the comment section.

 


9 Comments

  • Reply Esther Zimmer September 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Elaine, your posts are always so beautiful, but this is my favourite thus far! Not to mention that I use that first line quite frequently myself, so I can tell that you and I would get on like a house on fire! I’m more than happy to make a meal of cheese and crackers, and here you’ve offered some stunning serving suggestions. Comte is one of my absolute favourites – as is Roquefort. Served simply with a dash of French butter (naughty) on a ‘proper’ French baguette with a glass of really good wine. xx

    • Reply Elaine @ OMG Lifestyle Blog September 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Thank you Esther for your kind words! If you weren’t located across the pond, we would certainly be sipping wine and indulging on cheese together! xo

  • Reply mamavalveeta03 September 2, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    I’m from Wisconsin, hence, known as a “cheesehead.” This post makes my mouth water! A cheese platter is usually my standard go-to appetizer, along with sausage, olives, and water crackers or a baguette. Simply perfect!

    • Reply Elaine @ OMG Lifestyle Blog September 3, 2015 at 8:38 am

      Being from Columbus and an avid Ohio State University fan, I am familiar with the Wisconsin “Cheeseheads”. Always get a kick out of the Cheesehead Hats at our football games when the two teams meet! Would love to know what your favorite Wisconsin cheese is!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Reply mamavalveeta03 September 8, 2015 at 10:56 pm

        Elaine, there’s nothing like a fresh cheese curd, warm and squeaky, right out of the vat! (Before they press it into cheese) I think everyone from Wisconsin has visited a cheese factory, at least once, in their lifetime. It’s a rite of passage. 😉

  • Reply 1010 Park Place September 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Here’s a bit of trivia: Did you know former “Today” show anchor, Bryant Gumbel, hates cheese? Elaine, I’m doing a picnic photo shoot here at my place in the morning. Wish you were here to be my stylist. xoxox, Brenda

    • Reply Elaine @ OMG Lifestyle Blog September 3, 2015 at 8:35 am

      It’s a good thing Bryant and I are not friends!

      Wish I could snap my fingers and be there Brenda to help with your photo shoot! xo Elaine

    • Reply mamavalveeta03 September 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Haha!!! I did not know that. An old high school pal of mine is good friends with Gumbel, and said pal is a “cheesehead” transplant to NYC!

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