Holiday parties are mundane this season of the year. May it be an office potluck party, a family reunion, or a get-together with your closest friends, spending time with the people you love what the Holiday season is all about.
Hosting a party doesn't necessarily mean being able to cook up a storm. Grocer food and takeaways for casual hangouts isn't as bad as it seems. But it's never a bad idea to spruce things up a little bit with a quick-to-prepare but fancy-looking cheeseboards to welcome your guests are they arrive in your home.
Fall Inspired Cheese Board (Freutcake)
Freutcake has a great post called Fall Inspired Cheese Board. Though this ensemble was made with fall in mind, you can easily transform this to reflect the lively colors of the Holiday season. Throw in more sprigs of Rosemary and sprinkle the spread with bright red berries, pomegranate seeds or add a jar of sweetened cherries.
"There is something so inspiring about the abundance of fall. The warmth of fall colors, the flavors, and seasonal fruits; they all lend themselves so nicely to a Fall Inspired Cheese Board."
- Cheese (Cream brie or a soft blue cheese, sheep’s milk cheese, cow’s milk cheese, apple pie cheddar cheese at Trader Joe’s, Paprika sheep’s milk cheese)
- Crackers & Bread (crackers, baguette)
- Dried Fruit, Nuts & Seeds (pumpkin seeds, pistachios, and golden raisins, dried apricots, figs and pecans)
- Fresh Fruits, Jam & Honey (crisp apples, persimmons, golden raspberries, figs, jars of jam and honey)
- Meats (prosciutto)
5 Minute Cheese Board (Design. Wine. Dine)
This 5-Minute Cheese Board idea from Design. Wine. Dine is probably one of the easiest and simplest cheese boards you can assemble in no time. It stays true to the components of a good cheese board - sweet, salty, briny, seasonal, starch and cheese. You can make this your own by adding in your favorite snacks that go well with wine.
"There is nothing more “wine country” to me than a well curated board so they’re one of my favorite low-stress options for guests or just a casual night at home in Napa with the two of us."
- Something sweet (honey for drizzling)
- Something salty (Whole Foods’ truffled Marcona almonds with sea salt)
- Something briny (Castelvetranno olives)
- Something seasonal (Figs)
- At least one type of cracker or bread (sea salt flatbread crackers)
- A hard cheese and a soft cheese (herbed goat cheese and Humboldt Fog)
The Lighter Cheese Board (Half Baked Harvest)
This Lighter Cheese Board idea from Half Baked Harvest is a great one to make when you're having a big party and you want a grand centerpiece in your living area. With all the contrasting colors and rich textures, this cheeseboard is truly a masterpiece that looks elegant and rustic, but is surprisingly easy to assemble.
"This board is still all things YUM, but instead of taking like an hour plus to assemble, it only takes ten to fifteen minutes. Meaning it is perfect for last-minute entertaining…"
- 8 ounces fresh burrata cheese
- olive oil, for drizzling
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- kosher salt and pepper
- 1 block feta cheese
- honey, for drizzling
- marinated goat cheese (recipe follows)
- 6 ounces prosciutto, torn
- fruits, veggies, olives, and whole grain crackers, for serving
MARINATED GOAT CHEESE
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs fresh oregano
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- the rind of 1 lemon
- 8 ounces goat cheese
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
If you can spare a few minutes, roast your nuts for a few minutes in a cooking pan or in the oven. This will bring out the flavors and fragrance of the nuts.