To begin, I normally select about 4-5 cheeses per plate, any more than that may be a bit overwhelming. Always best to keep it simple. I get most (usually all) of my cheeses and spreads at Trader Joe's. They have the most amazing selection of cheeses, and their prices are unmatchable in my book. They also has a vast variety of cracker assortments, but I will be honest… I like to go basic with my cracker, Club or Ritz. You really can't go wrong. Both are sturdy and simple, sure to not distract from the powerful taste of the cheese. I prefer to display my cheeses on a solid wood cutting board. All cheese served at room temperature and thickly sliced.
I hope you find this little platter to be as appetizing as I do. And it is sure to be a hit at your next party. Below are my top selections of cheeses, spreads, and sides. And a few suggested pairings. Enjoy!
A simple Fontina or Manchengo
Boursin Garlic and Herb
A soft Brie (thickly sliced)
Italian Truffle Cheese
Blueberry Goat Cheese
Sliced Grannysmith Apples or Asian pears
My Suggested Pairings:
Blueberry goat cheese + honey + ritz
Fontina or Manchengo + pepper jelly + club
Brie + honey + apple
The Garlic & Herb and Italian Truffle are best when paired with a cracker or alone. They are rich enough in flavor without adding any additional spread into the mix.