Surprise your guests when you pair our fruit spreads with delectable cheeses at your next gathering! Entertaining is all about serving up memories and great food. One of the best ways to use our fruit spreads is to include them on your cheese platters and charcuterie boards. Today, we are providing a few yummy tips to help you build the perfect cheese platter. Plus, we have given some recommendations on what types of cheeses pair well with our spreads. Be sure to note: we really love Triple Cream Brie. The next time you visit the market check out the cheese case for this incredibly smooth Brie.
Most of our advice in this blog is pretty basic. If you haven't considered pairings before, you might just be motivated to try something new :-).
Here are some of our quick tips:
Serve at least three to four different types of cheeses on a large platter giving guests choices in taste and texture. To ensure a good balance, chose one cheese from the firm, soft, aged and blue cheese groups. Be sure to label each cheese so your guests will know what they are eating. Let them pair with the spreads, fruits and nuts that you are serving. If you serve a pungent variety of cheeses, consider serving them on a separate plate so not to overpower the entire board or scare people away ;-). By the way, the French choose their cheeses by smell first, then taste.
Cheeses and fruit spreads should be removed from the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving. This helps all the flavors burst the way they were meant to be served!
Plan, at least, 3 ounces of cheese per guest. Many of our retail partners have cheese stewards who will help you estimate the amount cheese you will need for a gathering.
Cheese is best served with a designated serving knife. Check out stores, such as Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls for discounted serving knives.
When serving cheese with our fruit spreads be sure to include Oregon hazelnuts, walnuts, fresh fruit, olives, crackers, breads, and cured meats. All of these things can help provide flavor balance and pops of color. It has been really fun to source these products from other local food artisans and farmers!