how i make a killer cheese plate. (plus 3 mini cheeseballs.)

原料

blue cheese, bacon + pistachio cheeseball: , cream cheese: 8 ounces, smoked blue cheese: 4 ounces, bacon, crumbled: 6 slices, pistachios, chopped: 2/3 cup, salt and pepper: pinch, pineapple, goat cheese + toasted almond cheeseball: , cream cheese: 8 ounces, goat cheese: 4 ounces, diced fresh pineapple: 1/3 cup, toasted sliced almonds: 2/3 cup, salt and pepper: pinch, caramelized onion, gruyere + cashew cheeseball: , unsalted butter: 1 tablespoon, sweet onion, sliced: 1, salt: 1/4 teaspoon, brown sugar: 1 tablespoon, cream cheese: 8 ounces, gruyere, freshly grated: 4 ounces, 2/3 cups: 2/3 cups

步驟

1I just had a cheese plate for dinner last night! Paired with Bailey’s over ice (served up) because I』m fancy.

2I have some serious cheese plate envy.

3I have ruined my last two night’s dinners by stuffing my face with pear and Gorgonzola, aka my heaven on earth. :)

4I tried a combo of brie, pear, pecan, and honey–omg amazing.

5blue cheese, bacon + pistachio cheeseball In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, blue cheese, bacon, 3 tablespoons of the pistachios, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine and mash it all together, then form it into 4 or 6 small cheeseballs. Roll each in the chopped pistachios to cover. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. And a glass of wine with it would be perfect.

6pineapple, goat cheese + toasted almond cheeseball In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, goat cheese, pineapple, 3 tablespoons of the almonds, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine and mash it all together, then form it into 4 or 6 small cheeseballs. Roll each in the chopped almonds to cover. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

7caramelized onion, gruyere + cashew cheeseball In a small skillet, heat the butter over low heat. Add the onion and salt, stirring to coat, then cook until the onion softens, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar and cook until the onions are caramely, about 8 to 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, gruyere, caramelized onions, 3 tablespoons of the cashews, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine and mash it all together, then form it into 6 or 8 small cheeseballs. Roll each in

8These adorable little cheese puff spreads can be made waaaay ahead of time and thrown on your cheese plate at the last second. Get a pretty knife and lots of flatbread and baguettes. Had to double wrap them in wax paper and foil so I wouldn』t be tempted to eat it all!!

9CHEESE PLATE aged cheese: aged cheddar, aged gouda hard cheese: merlot soaked parmesan, asiago, parmigiano-reggiano goat/chevre cheese: truffled goat, humboldt fog soft/semi-soft cheese: brie, camembert blue cheese: smoked blue, gorgonzola, buttermilk blue breads: baguettes, hard sesame breadsticks, whole wheat crackers, water crackers, crostini, flatbreads, bagel or pita chips charcuterie: paper thin prosciutto, hard salami sticks, pepperoni jams + chutneys: fig preserves, quince paste, hot

小技巧

It's so easy to put together a cheese plate, add some fancy crackers like the Kii Apricot Orange Almond Crisps,  throw in some Marcona Almonds and call it dinner! And if you lick the plate clean, you won't even have to do dishes (hee hee).