Are you a cheese lover? We are. We love pairing cheeses with fruits, crackers, and on foods. Cheese can make a wonderful appetizer or addition to a food your cooking. It pairs well with wines, champagnes, sparkling sodas and sparkling cider. There is something so easy about setting up a lovely cheese and cracker plate to serve when entertaining. Of course you can have other things accompany cheese to create a larger styled cheese plates with various pairings. Let me share a few easy entertaining tips along with how easy it is to have a cheese party. I’m also sharing two delicious artisan French Cheeses that we had the chance to try.
The cheeses are perfect for pairings, great for picnics, barbecues and creating appetizers for entertaining. Have you ever been to the specialty cheese section in your grocery store or Whole Foods Market and wondered, what cheese to purchase? You look at the various sizes, pricing and wonder will it taste good? Taste is always my first thought. If I’m spending money on anything, including a good cheese I want to make sure my guests and/or I will enjoy every last bite. I never experiment with guests. I try my recipes and cheeses in advance, then make or purchase for entertaining.
Easy Entertaining Tips:
Do you enjoy tasting cheeses or cooking with cheeses too? If you do below are two cheese types that I highly recommend for creating your easy cheese plates and cooking with after getting to try them. First let me give you a few easy tips for entertaining and creating cheese plates, then check out these cheeses from Fromagerie Guilloteau
Easy Entertaining Tips: Easy Cheese Plates
Here are a few tips for creating your easy cheese plates or platters;
- Know how many people your serving – purchase 1-2 ounces per person
- Have a plate and knife for each different cheese you serve
- For larger gatherings serve your crackers or breads on a separate dish or bowl
- Pre chill your beverages – 1 bottle of wine will serve approximately 4-5
- Wash and dry your glasses place them on a tray for serving
- Have cocktail plates, napkins nearby
- Serve with fresh wash fruits such as berries, grapes, pears and apples
- Serve your cheese at room temperature (only take out no more than on hour in advance)
- Don’t leave out more than two hours! Less if it’s warm out or in your serving area
- Resource for handling cheeses Food Safety Cheeses!
Easy Entertaining Tips: Easy Cheese Plates
The first of the two cheeses I tried was the Saint Angel’s which is made in the Côtes du Rhô ne area of southeast France. It’s a cheese that when you cut into it, it has a bit of texture. But, when you bite into it the cheese has a mild, smooth buttery taste. Oh, my this is an amazing cheese! I paired my cheese with Milton’s Everything Crackers. They are a baked cracker with non GMO. Perfection! Just add a beverage and your sure to enjoy.
- Heavenly texture puts it at the top of the triple cream category
- This cheese has a delicate, bloomy, white rind cheese offers a hint of mushroom-like flavor that becomes richer with age
- Beneath the rind a rich and luscious ivory paste is unveiled
- Its flavor is buttery with a hint of tang
This cheese pairs well with crisp white wines or sparking champagne and is the perfect addition to any cheese platter. It’s also great spread on grilled-rustic bread or as a gourmet treat served with ripe summer berries. Incorporate it into your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, or use it to prepare an over-the-top grilled cheese sandwich.
It’s sister cheese is the Saint Géric. I am a huge blue cheese fan. I even love to have blue cheese melted over a good lean hamburger in the summer. I’ve tried many types of blue cheese but, this was one of the smoothest, lovely tasting cheeses that I’ve tasted!! You will savor every bite on your tongue. There are no words to describe it’s perfection. Although, Saint Géric does pretty much sum it up below!
- Saint Géric, is a wonderful alternative to the strong pungent blue cheeses we know so well
- It combines a triple crème and blue cheese
- Rich and creamy with a subtle blue flavor that lingers on the palate and slowly melts in your mouth
- Made in Pelussin in the Rhone Alpes region, this sublime square-shaped cheese is filled with buttery goodness and streaked with ethereal veins of blue
Spread this creamy blue over a sliced loaf of raisin walnut bread at the start or end of a meal and pair with a glass of your favorite bubbly, or try it on a grilled slice of whole grain bread with bacon and heirloom tomatoes. It’s also great stuffed into a burger, or melted atop your favorite steak.
- Saint Angel and Saint Géric can be found at Whole Foods, as well as in grocers and specialty cheese shops across the states.
- Fromagerie Guilloteau is a family-owned business with two production sites located in the southeast part of France, near the Alps.
- For more information and to see their other cheeses visit the Fromagerie Guilloteau website.
Easy Entertaining Tips
- Two great soft cheese options: Triple Cream Cheeses! St.Angel and St.Geric
Know how many people your serving – purchase 1-2 ounces per person
Have a plate and knife for each different cheese you serve
For larger gatherings serve your crackers or breads on a separate dish or bowl
Pre chill your beverages – 1 bottle of wine will serve approximately 4-5
Wash and dry your glasses place them on a tray for serving
Have cocktail plates, napkins nearby
Serve with fresh wash fruits such as berries, grapes, pears and apples
Serve your cheese at room temperature (only take out no more than on hour in advance)
Don’t leave out more than two hours! Less if it’s warm out or in your serving area
Resource for handling cheeses Food Safety Cheeses!
Food Safety Tips for Serving Cheeses: http://www.clemson.edu/extension/hgic/food/food_safety/handling/hgic3506.html
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