When entertaining, a cheese plate is often in order. The perfect cheese plate should be easy to assemble, crowd pleasing and make a beautiful presentation. When assembling, it is important to keep the following tips in mind.
1-2 ounces of cheese per person
4-5 different cheeses-soft, semi-soft, firm, hard, wild card
Arrange the cheese starting with the lightest to the most robust flavor
Add a touch of color and variety with food items such as marcona almonds and quince paste
Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving
Keep several knives close at hand
I like to serve with a grilled baguette, thinly sliced. This is a bit more interesting than a traditional cracker and is always well received.
Williams Sonoma Slate Cheese Board $39.95.
Pottery Barn marble cheese board $29.00.
The Merry Martini turtle cutting board $25. http://www.themerrymartini.com/
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