Create Your Own Cheese Plate
Impress your guests with a gourmet cheese plate this holiday season. It’s easy to make your own, just remember this little jingle:
“Include something old, something new, something goat and something blue.” **
If you’re making a plate for a large crowd, include two wedges of each variety you choose (or present only one set of four at a time and stash extra wedges in case you run out). If you’re serving a party of four, one wedge of each will work well.
Flavor: always include four different flavors to please all the palates in the room. Following the direction of the jingle above, you’ll want to include something hard, something soft and also something ripe.
You can leave the cheeses in wedges to serve with a cheese knife, or dice into small cubes and provide toothpicks for easy spearing.
Some suggested combos:
- Aged Gouda (3-5 year aged), such as Beemster
- Creamy Jarlsberg, Havarti or Double Cream Brie, such as Champs Elysees
- A firm goat cheese, such as Goat Drunken
- A wedge of St. Agur blue cheese
- Diced apricots
- Dried Mission figs
- Fresh apples, grapes or pears
- Champs Elysees double cream Brie stuffed with cranberries and walnuts
- St. Agur Blue
- Kerrygold Vintage Cheddar
- Diced Heirloom Blenheim Apricots
- Dried Mission Figs
- Berta Maria Crackers (more like a sweet biscut)
Be creative and find cheeses that you know your guests will love. Remember to ask our friendly cheese department staff for some pointers, too!
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**Note: The cheese jingle was coined by Sigona’s employee Joseph Loewinsohn.