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I'm in charge of putting together a small cheese platter. for a baby shower this Saturday.
I'd love to hear what YOU put on yours.
Grapes always go well on a cheese platter-they've been a hit any time I've done that.
I agree with Carol, Grapes always look beautiful and they comliment the cheese so well. I like to mix the grapes up so I use both red and green seedless grapes. And they always get placed the center of the platter.
And I like to tuck in some crackers here and there just to make the platter more interesting. Water crackers come in many different kinds. And I think that they area good choice. The Cracked pepper may be a good choice for you to try. They are paper thin and they fill little gaps in very easiy.
2 of my favorite types of cheese are Gruyere and Gouda. And I always bring the platter to room temp before serving.
Anymore suggestions on what kind of cheese and sides and crackers you use?
I like a nice sharp cheddar, a mild munster, pretty colby jack. They're all very well received.
I also use low fat pepperoni.
Depending on my crowd I use a variety of crackers as well from traditional butter crackers to the whole grain wheat crackers. Sometimes I put bagel crisps on as well.
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K, If you'd like to kick the platter up a bit. Pepper jack cheese certainly would be a nice additon. And it would add a little more color to the platter.
And if you would like to introduce some meat. You could spear small pieces cheese ( Sharp or Provolone) onto a toothpick and add a small piece of Salami. use colored or frilly toothpicks for color ! Make that platter a celebration.
Salami is a great addition!
I use pepper jack too depending on my crowd.
I like a classic fresh mozzarella and sliced tomatoes in the summer. But for football sundays I usually do some sliced cheddar, grapes, crackers, sliced apples (dipped in sprite to keep from browning).
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JMartinelli13I like a classic fresh mozzarella and sliced tomatoes in the summer.
oooo like a caprise platter with a little fresh basil!
Herb-marinated mixed olives...oil packed black, Greek, cracked green, (if you can find cerignola olives..jumbo, bright green and oh, so fruity). I marinate them in OJ, crushed garlic cloves, crushed red pepper flakes, and fresh herbs with some regular cracked pepper at least overnight. Take out the crushed garlic so no one will grab it and eat it!! I put out a bleu cheese, a brie, an aged cheddar, something smoky like a smoked gouda. I also have put out marinated fresh mozzaralla balls, goat cheese rounds or feta cubes. Cherry or grape tomatoes are good with the marinated cheese. You can just toss them into the same bowl or serve them separately. You can also serve marinated mushrooms....a couple of jars of whole button mushrooms and a good quality Italian dressing and a sprinkling of oregano. Baguettes, thinly sliced are good along with crackers. I have also served those mini-cocktail rye squares with cheese, but then I have a small salami or liver pate with that... Leftover cheese will freeze well and you can use it again or make an awesome cheese sauce for mac and cheese or cheesy spuds. Oh, yes...nuts!! Smoked or regular almonds are really fine! Have fun!
Brie, with/without topping, ementaler or baby swiss, gouda, horseradish cheddar, butter cheese... this is very mild.
these are all very good.. if you have a trader joes or a good international deli they always have great and unusual cheeses.
Another fruit I would add is strawberries... or the little/tiny grapes, they are so good, sorry dont know the name of them.
Thanks so much!
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