Annie's Artisinal Cheese Plate
“Oh you fancy, huh?” -Drake on artisanal cheese plates
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Summer is without a doubt my favorite time of year. Nothing makes me happier than a good tan, a refreshing cocktail (or six), and a casual dinner with friends. Summer dinner parties are the best because they tend to be relaxed affairs. People are wearing less clothing and the food is light and fresh, just like my mood.
A few weeks ago, while debating what should be served for dinner that evening, one of my favorite friends showed me a picture of a gorgeous “artisanal” cheese plate that she had seen on Pinterest. As one of the most loyal readers of this blog, Annie suggested that she attempt to replicate the cheese plate in the photo (under my supervision of course). I have to say, girlfriend killed it. In fact, she put the original to shame, and hers looked pretty badass in front of the fire. Pin this, bitches.
This cheese plate is the epitome of summer entertaining. Fuss-free and fabulous, the cheese plate has year-round appeal (just like Annie), but the fresh figs and a rustic cutting board make it an excellent summer staple. And the best part is that it can be served as an appetizer, dessert, or if you’re really fucking fancy, a cheese course. It’s also easily transportable, so bring it to a friend’s cocktail party to show everyone else up. Guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Artisanal Cheese Plate: (Serves 8-10)
Preparing your Cheese Plate: So simple, yet I shall dumb it down for you anyway…
-Roll up your meats into cylinders.
-If you have a cheese board, wonderful, if not a plain old cutting board or a large plate will suffice. Place the sliced figs in the center, pile the meats diagonally across from each other, and then add the cheeses in the remaining two corners. If you like, pre-slice about half of each cheese.
¼ pound thinly sliced prosciutto
¼ pound thinly sliced salami (any variety you like will do)
6 fresh figs, halved length-wise
1 fresh mozzarella ball
1 log/ball herbed goat cheese
1 wedge of any hard, salty cheese such as pecorino romano or parmigiano reggiano
*Serve with a crusty baguette, flatbread, or your favorite crackers
Roll up your meats into cylinders.
Place the sliced figs in the center of a cheese board (or large plate/cutting board), pile the meats diagonally across from each other, and then add the cheeses in the remaining two corners. If you like, pre-slice about half of each cheese.
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