A Delicious Cheese Plate for Easy Entertaining

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With any planned or even “drop-by” entertaining that we do, I have added a new set of essentials to my list of things to always keep on hand for having guests over.  Keeping the makings for a great cheese plate will help you put together what appears to be a well-thought out pre-meal snack all the while being pretty effortless for you.  I was recently asked by Smiley 360 Blogger to review the Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb Spread spread and it has just made a permanent place on my cheese plate roundup.  With any cheese plate, there really needs to be a soft, spreadable cheese and definitely a flavored cheese and the Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb Spread spread provides both.

No matter how prepared I am before having guests over and until I have a catering kitchen and full wait staff (not happening…..probably ever), there is always lag time between people arriving and having the food fully ready.  Having a great cheese plate ready on the counter will at least give them a little something to snack on (and even talk about if done right) while I finish getting everything else ready.  Also, ideally you need to set out the cheese about an hour before serving, so that gives you even more time in that last hour to prepare.

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My favorite cheese plate has a variety of 3-5 different cheeses, something sweet, something crunchy, a cured meat or two, nuts and crackers.

So here is the roundup for my latest cheese plate:

  • Flavored soft cheese – I chose Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb Spread.  Having a spreadable cheese saves prep time.  Just be sure to set out a smooth-edged knife for spreading.
  • Hard Cheese – I chose Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  • Aged cheese – I chose an aged mild cheddar.
  • Something sweet – Michigan tart cherry preserves is my new go-to for the sweet, but you could also use dried cranberries or even dried cherries.
  • Cured meat – I almost always use prosciutto, but I just found this amazing shaved country ham from Clifty farms (a Southern favorite) and thought it would be a good mix-up from the usual.
  • Crackers – I used rosemary crackers for another flavor component and they are really tasty with the aged cheddar and cherry preserves.
  • Nuts – Since we have a freezer full of delicious pecans from my in-laws’ orchard, that is a no-brainer and man, they are good!  I even found that spreading the Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb Spread on them made for a very TASTY treat!

 For more entertaining ideas from Boursin, be sure to like their page on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Be sure to also follow the hashtag #BoursinCheese.


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Are you hosting Easter this year?  Check out lots of Easter tablescapes on the blog like this Simple Easter Table.

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