Alright my lovelies today we’re talking about one of my favorite things to make…a cheese plate! I mean who doesn’t love a cheese plate?! I don’t typically make it just for the hubby and I (although I may start now because Ava dominated the cheese, crackers and salami 😉 but whenever we have friends over I love to throw one together! They’re super easy and guests are always impressed! I posted a picture of this one on my instagram last week and wanted to do a breakdown for you of all the items I used. I kept this one pretty simple because I wanted to show you how you could make a great plate with only using items from good old Trader Joes. So lets get started!
I purchased this slate cheese board years ago and have used it SO much!
We only had a few friends over so I kept it to three cheeses for this plate. This garlic and fine herbs cheese is always a hit and I love that it comes in a round shape so makes for a prettier presentation. For the other two cheese I picked a Brie and parmesan (both in a wedge form).
This cracker assortment is a great one if you’re on a budget. It has four different kind of crackers and is usually more than enough! I picked up these breadsticks and wrapped the ends with prosciutto and the guys loved them! I think next time I will look for a thinner/smaller breadstick as these were a little larger than I would have preferred. I usually get our olives from the fresh olive bar at Whole Foods until I came across these Lucques Olives from Traders. They taste just as great and are budget friendly. As for meats I pretty much always go with salami and prosciutto because they’re always a hit. The last part is my favorite.. the garnishes! I’m addicted to the candied walnuts from Traders so I sprinkles them around the plate. I add a nice amount of honey on top of the Brie cheese and then crush up a few of the candied walnuts on top. Lastly I always add some sort of dried fruit. I’ve done figs and dried cherries in the past but this time I went with dried apricots! For the olives I put them in a little ramekin and clipped a couple olive branches from our olive tree outside to add a little something more to the plate. You can also use a rosemary sprig! So there you have it, a pretty cheese plate using items from Traders!
I hope this was helpful and thank you for your Trader Joe’s cheese recommendations on Instagram…i’ll be looking into the those next!!
* I also pinned a couple Wine and Cheese pairing charts on my Pinterest Entertaining board for those of you who are interested in that!