Friday, September 25, 2015

Cheese and Charcuterie Platter

Yum
I think I could make this a meal every Friday evening!
Cheese and Charcuterie platters are great for an evening in with the hubby or with girlfriends.



Much more impressive than your typical cheese and meat platter!

 I have paid plenty to have a Cheese and Charticurie platter in some Chicago restaurants.  So I decided to try it at home.  Not only is it easy to do, but it is so fun planning it all out.  Basically you can sniff and taste your way to make your choices.



Let's start with some basic tips so that you too can create your own Cheese and Charticurie platter.

1.  Crackers and slices of bread from a baguette

2.  Fresh seasonal fruit (grapes are always good year round)

3.  Nuts (almonds are my favorite or pine nuts)

4.  Cured meats (salami and prosciutto work well)

5.  Cheeses (you will want a blue cheese variety, a soft cheese and a hard cheese)

6.  Honey and jam

Ask the butcher to help with your selections and absolutely ask to taste the cheese and meat.  If you like it, you will enjoy it on your platter.



There really is no hard fast rule.  Be as creative as you want and enjoy all the textures and flavors.
Build a fire in your fireplace...yes, those days are coming,
grab your honey or your favorite girlfriends and a bottle of your favorite wine.
You will so enjoy the experience...IN YOUR OWN HOUSE!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,
Christine

You may also like these appetizers:

Raspberry Brie Tartlets

Prosciutto Pinwheels

Baked Fontina Dip