Handmade cheese and bacon always ask the crowd. This combination is suitable as an appetizer or snack with cocktails. Jenna and Local Creative's Nicole showed us how to make cheese plates for parties of any size, trust us, there will be no leftovers!
Buying entertainment food can be tricky. Too few fares may make guests feel unsatisfied and over-purchasing feels wasteful and excessive. The rule always asks the crowd to be handmade cheese and bacon plates - this is a power duo that can't be ignored.
We meet with Jessica Mark, a co-owner of local cheese expert Greenpoint Cheese and Meat (one of our favorite neighbors sites). They are very sweet enough to show us how to set three different spreads to perfectly fit any size party .
The board is the perfect starter for a grand dinner. If you have a lot of entrees and you don't want your guests to pre-fill them, Jessica suggests taking fewer steps. Keep it simple and choose a good cheese (we chose Devil's Canyon, an organic triple cream from Cowgirl Creamery) and a premium meat (we use Olympic Oyster Sausage Rioja). For your introduction, consider setting aside most of the cheese and cutting the sausage into half slices - the food will speak for itself. To complete this board, add crisp bread and apple onion sauce in a small bowl.
Our next board is the perfect table core, beautiful and practical! This is also the correct size of the cocktail party. We use recycled wood as a canvas, choose three types of cheese and two kinds of preserved meat, and arrange them organically. In entertainment, this 3:2 ratio is ideal. For cheese, we chose goat cheddar cheese, raw milk and soft sheep cheese. Jessica recommends choosing one cheese from each animal. She also suggests including a fresh seasonal fruit element to emphasize the taste of your board. We decided to add pomegranate seeds to add bold colors! Small bowls of figs and honey jam, herb mustard and sprinkled Marconi almonds fill the negative space and visually enhance the presentation. The meats chosen for this board were sopressata from Molinari & Sons and coppa from Biellese Salumeria.
Our last board is best suited to hold large parties. In order to prevent it from appearing too crowded, we decided to adopt a more modern perspective design. For our choice of cheese and meat, Jessica directed us to Red Rock Cheddar Cheese, Camembert from Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, Olympic saucisson sec and Salumeria Bielesse cheese. Arranging ingredients in a clean design allows easy access to each item. Fresh apples and dried cherries are the perfect match for fresh sweet cheese, and the spread can be simply immersed on a wooden board for easy soaking.
• Slice the harder cheese into a mouthful of food for sharing.
• Choose a variety of animal milks, colors and textures for multiple cheeseboards.
• When purchasing for a group, each person estimates 2-3 pieces of meat.
• The fresh twigs of fresh herbs can be used without any effort to improve the display.
• Fresh seasonal fruit is always an advantage. Beyond apples and pears - Pomegranate seeds, blood oranges, Concord grapes and kumquats are all fun additions.
• Use spoons to place spices in cans or bowls to keep them tidy.