This Easy Appetizer Cheese Platter is a great idea for your next gathering. It pairs a selection of cheeses from Lunds with easy-to-make Rosemary Pecans and Thyme-Roasted Walnuts. Remember to Like, Comment and Share!
Easy Appetizer Cheese Platter
Who doesn’t need an easy button on a day that includes family activities and a dinner party? In this case, it was a grandson’s football game and friends coming over later that same evening. What is an easy button? Essentially, it’s a simple entertaining idea – don’t make everything! By balancing out the number of things you make vs. buy, you have a much less hectic time in the kitchen. As the host, you can also enjoy your own dinner party.
What to Buy
For my platter I purchased the following selection of cheeses & crackers:
- Rembrandt aged Gouda
- Delice de Bourgongne – a French classic triple crème cheese
- Cambozola – a combination of a French soft-ripened triple cream cheese and Italian Gorgonzola
- Cranberry Crisps (crackers)
- La Panzanella Rosemary Artisan Crackers
Each of these cheeses brings a great distinct flavor to the selection. The aged Gouda is a hard, salty, grainy cheese. The Delice de Bourgongne is like eating butter. The Cambozola has a similar creaminess, but with the salty hint of blue cheese. If this isn’t your favorite combination, no worries. There is a vast array to choose from at Lunds & Byerlys and trained cheese experts to help select whatever you prefer.
What to Make
Initially I decided to make a glaze for the Cambozola cheese because I had tasted this wonderful combination at a tapas restaurant. Next I came up with the idea of including some honey-ginger balsamic vinegar in the glaze, since it had been a hostess gift from the same friends that were coming to dinner. Essentially I just reduced this vinegar to a syrup and combined it with some honey. The result was a tangy/sweet and sticky glaze that was heavenly with the Cambozola and spread on the Cranberry Crisps.
Additionally I decided to make the Rosemary Pecans and Thyme-Roasted Walnuts. Since both of these recipes required just a few ingredients and only 10 minutes in the oven, they were a great option and could be made in advance. Yet they give the appetizer a nice little extra pizzazz and the impression I had fussed more than I did. Bonus! If you have any leftover, they are also great served in a salad.