The Perfect Cheese Plate

The Perfect Cheese Plate
There isn’t a better way to spend a Monday night than with a cheese plate, some wine, a good girlfriend or two, a little whining and the bachelorette. Maybe you don’t watch the bachelorette, but in our apartment it’s our dirty little Monday night secret. {I may also have a dirty Tuesday night secret called pretty little liars, but that’s a secret I’ll never tell}

There are many different ways to assemble the ideal cheese plate, but there are a four key rules you should follow!

THE CHEESE:
Most importantly, you need the cheese, we opted for a brie and a manchego, which paired perfectly with our merlot. When in doubt of which cheeses to pair with a particular wine, check out this list from Don’t Fear the Grape.

THE VEHICLE:
Now that you have the cheese, how are you going to get the hunk of deliciousness in your mouth- the vehicle of course! We sliced up a baguette loaf and toasted the pieces on our panini grill. Once the bread is toasty, you can unplug the power leave the bread there until the plate is ready for a refill. For a crisper experience we also topped the plate with some water crackers.

SOMETHING SWEET:
With all the savory cheese, sometimes your palette needs a wake up call and that can be something as simple as a piece of fruit. Grapes are the perfect complement ti the saltiness of cheese. You might also opt for dried fruits, such as figs, prunes, and apricots.

SOMETHING CRUNCHY:
The perfect cheese plate isn’t just about taste, texture is just as important. Add nuts, crunchy apple slices, or crisp crackers for a crunchy texture that offsets rich, creamy cheeses.

Now that you know the four important elements of a cheese plate, pop open a bottle of your favorite red or white and enjoy! Maybe even make a wine tasting party our of it. Have each of your friends bring their favorite bottle of wine and a cheese to be paired. I know I am already planning one!

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