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Get the party started right with these easy-to-prepare snacks and appetizers.
You Will Need
- Variety of cheeses
- Aged balsamic vinegar
- Fruit-based chutneys
- Asian pears and Fuji apples
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Blue cheeses
- Quince paste
- Savory jams and jellies
- Prepared mustards
- Other garnishes
- Crackers, crostini, crusty bread
- Infused honey (optional)
Pair aged, hard cheeses
Pair hard, aged cheeses, like Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, and aged Goudas with aged balsamic vinegar. Drizzle a few drops of the vinegar over the cheese to enhance the flavor.
Pair young, creamy cheeses
Pair young, creamy cheeses, like Fontina or mild Swiss cheeses, with fruit-based chutneys or freshly peeled and cut Asian pears and Fuji apples. The sweetness of the fruit pairs well with the mild flavor of the cheese.
Pair fresh cheeses
Pair fresh cheeses, like mozzarella, ricotta, and goat cheese, with high-quality extra-virgin olive oil. The mild texture and flavor of the cheese will bring out the complexity of the olive oil.
Pair blue cheeses
Pair strong blue cheeses like Roquefort, Gorgonzola, and Stilton, as well as fresh goat cheeses, with honey.
Pair Spanish cheeses
Pair Spanish cheeses like Roncal, Mahon, and Manchego, with quince paste, or membrillo. Quince paste is sweet and tart, and can be found at most cheese counters.
Pair Brie, Camembert, Gouda, Swiss
Serve Brie, Camembert, young Gouda, Jarlsberg, and mild Swiss cheeses with savory jams and jellies, such as garlic, onion, and horseradish. The strong flavor of the cheeses holds up nicely to the strong jellies.
Pair creamy, semi-soft French cheeses
Pair creamy, semi-soft French cheeses, like Port Salut or Le Petit Basque, with prepared mustards. The mustard will offset the cheese with mild heat, and provide a level of complexity to compliment it.
Experiment with a variety of other cheese accompaniments, such as Branston Pickle, tomato jelly, prunes, figs, Champagne grapes, and spiced nuts. And don't forget to dress up your cheese plate with crackers, crostini, and crusty bread.