Two or three months ago, we went to another couple’s house for light appetizers and desserts. They invited us and another couple over. It was so nice being in an adults-only setting with other parents. We broke bread, laughed, and of course, talked about the commonalities among our toddlers and newborns.
Not only was the company great, the hosts also had an incredible spread of cheese, meat, and homemade bread. We ate light, but still felt full after we left. It was so perfect. The whole experience strengthened my belief that cheese plates are a must at gatherings.
So, here’s why I think cheese boards are the cream of the crop: For starters, they’re great conversations pieces – it’s fun for the host of the gathering to talk about where each cheese or meat is from, or what combinations tastes best. Second, they are perfect for snacking on throughout the night (my specialty). Third, cheese plates offer variety, meaning everyone will eat at least one or two things they enjoy (if not all).
Frankly, I could go on and on about the reasons why a plate that revolves around cheese wins at life, but I won’t bore you. The real reason for this post is to share a spring cheese platter I put together when it was our turn to host our friends. Their board inspired me and I hope mine inspires you to create your own board at your next spring gathering.
Here’s what I recommend:
- 2-3 cheeses of your choosing (I recommend buying cheeses with different textures and flavors. My favorites are fontina, parmigiano reggiano, goat cheese and brie.)
- 2-3 meats of your choosing (I recommend soppressata and prosciutto)
- Assortment of olives or nuts
- Jam of your choice (this is nice to pair with the goat cheese)
- Crackers of your choice
- Fresh or dried fruit (I recommend grapes or apple slices)
If you end up finding inspiration from this post, don’t forget to tag your photos with #marinamakeseats!