Cheese board, grazing platter, tapas board - whatever you may call it, a collection of well-loved appetizers and munchies is always a great way to welcome the New Year with an abundance of flavors. This year, set up your very own grazing board, or grazing table even, and let everyone celebrate 2018 with a bang!
Simple Fruit and Cheese Grazing Platter (Eat Love Share)
If you're new to preparing your own grazing platters, you may want to follow this Simple Fruit and Cheese Grazing Platter idea from Eat Love Share. This is pretty easy to follow and you can have your very own grazing platter in just six steps - five, if you don't count the sparkling water.
- Chris’ Heritage Smoked Gouda & Almond Dip
- Sliced Pear
- Sparkling water with cucumber slices
- Vintage Cheddar Cheese
- Fruit and nut crackers
Cheese Board Making 101 (Bare Feet In The Kitchen)
Foodies who are aiming for an abundant spread will surely love this Cheese Board Making 101 recipe from Bare Feet In The Kitchen. This platter is surely a sumptuous spread and a very colorful colorful one at that - a feast for both the palate and the eyes!
"And to clarify, planning a cheese board is different from throwing one together from the pantry. Both kinds of cheese boards are delicious, but sometimes it’s fun to get a little fancier with it and make sure you have all your favorite bites on hand."
- CHEESE about 1-2 ounces TOTAL per person
- Pepper Jack
- Humboldt Fog
- Goat Cheese
- MEATS about 1-2 ounces TOTAL per person
- Salami hard and soft
- Deli meats: ham turkey, roast beef, or chicken
- 2-3 varieties of crackers
- Fresh vegetables
- Dried fruits
- Fresh berries or other fruits
- 2-3 types of nuts
Cheese Platter (Iowa Girl Eats)
This Cheese Platter idea from Iowa Girl Eats offers an easy-to-follow- guide on preparing your very own grazing platter at home. The ingredients can be categorized into three - cheeses, savories and sweets. Traditional cheese boards offer three cheeses (soft, semi-hard and hard). The assortment of savories and sweets all depend on your preferences.
"My tips and tricks for how to make a cheese platter that your party guests will love. Perfect for the holidays!"
- 3 assorted cheeses: soft cheese, semi-hard cheese, hard cheese
- Savory extras: marinated olives, raw nuts, smoked nuts, prosciutto, salami, bread sticks, artichoke hearts. Check the olive bar and bulk bins for good deals on olives and nuts.
- Sweet extras: fruit (any kind but especially grapes, berries, apricots, and fresh figs,) dried fruit, jam (my favorite is fig jam,) honey.
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
If you want a healthier grazing platter, you can throw in healthy cheese options like feta cheese or legume-based dips like hummus.