Holiday Entertaining Guide
Confession: There is no single formula for holiday cheese plate perfection. The best holiday cheese plates include:
- Great cheese
- Snackable accompaniments
- Tasty drinks
- Friends, family and a whole lot of laughter
If you have those things, youâre golden. Still, we spend our lives behind the cheese counter and in our cheese caves plotting and scheming the best way of achieving ultimate cheese joy. Weâd be remiss not to share some of our trusty tips. Run with them and have fun.
Murrayâs Cheese wishes you delicious and happy holidays!
- Less is more (sometimes). We believe 3-6 cheeses is a sweet spot. Itâs fun to let your guests try a selection of cheeses, but any more than that and you risk overwhelming them. When you serve gorgeous cheeses, let them shine!
- Room temperature is key. Cheeses taste their best and most expressive when that fridge chill has dissipated. Pull out of the refrigerator an hour or two before serving and your cheese will thank you.
- Go beyond the cracker. Sure, cheese and crackers are a classic pairing. But slices of baguette and crunchy crostini are also great friends of fromage.
- Switch it up. Think balance and variety. A plate of all Bries or all blues only hits one note. We love to create a progression from mild to intense flavors featuring a variety of cheese styles (from stinky washed rinds to crumbly cheddars), origins (there are so many fantastic cheeses made from California to Vermont to Ireland and beyond) and milk types (cow! goat! sheep! water buffalo!).
- Think texture. Ooey and gooey, crumbly, silky, crystallizedâ¦we love âem all. Featuring different textures of cheese makes for a well-balanced platter.
- Go with the faves. Thereâs nothing wrong with playing to the classics: brie-lovers and gouda-gobblers, rejoice!
- Make it pretty. Vibrant dried cherries and apricots lend a lovely pop of color, as do fresh grapes and figs. Speaking of pretty, display your cheeses on a slate board â the cheesesâ light, bright colors will stand out against the dark canvas.
- Donât forget the sweet stuff. Sweet treats shine with salty, rich cheeses. Honey is magic with blues â and nearly all other cheeses. Fig jam plays well with just about anything; strawberry preserves are a knockout with Gruyere and other Alpine-style beauties. Serve shards of dark chocolate beside your cheeses, too â yum.
- Be prepared. Serve each cheese with its very own knife. This is especially important if you have a particularly soft or runny cheese thatâll stick to your knife and muddle the flavors of the other cheeses.
- When in doubt, bubbles. Sparkling wine and cheese are classic lovebirds â the bubbles cut through the richness. Plus, what better time than the holidays to break out champagne?
- Relax. Cheese is supposed to be fun, not stressful. Put out your favorite cheeses, open up something awesome to drink, and dig in.
Â Be the host(ess) with the most(ess)! Showing up to the party with great cheese is a guaranteed win. Here are our favorite cheesy gifts.
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