How to make a cheese board

A few cheeses, some fruits and nuts, and bread or crackers are all you need to build an artfully arranged platter. (Photos: NYTimes)
The gates are flung open, guests start to arrive and dinner? Soon. In the meantime, something to nibble with a glass of wine is required. The simplest, most appealing choice is a cheese plate. A few cheeses artfully arranged with a smattering of fruits and nuts is enough to whet the appetite for the big feast (and not ruin it either, since it is up to the guests to monitor what they consume).اضافة اعلان

The cheeses
Three cheeses, each with a different personality, is what you will need to satisfy most guests. Select a hard cheese in the Cheddar category; something semisoft but not too funky or runny, like a Camembert; and a fresher example, like a log of goat cheese. Avoid blue-veined cheeses that tend not to be crowd-pleasers, and molten soft-ripening examples, often with a rind that has to be pared off, which can turn your display into an unmade bed. Whether to offer generous wedges and knives or to precut your selections depends on how much mac and cheese you are planning in days to come.

The crackers and bread
Resist those everything-bagel crackers and opt for plain, so as not to outshine the cheeses. Toasted croutons made from thin slices of baguette are excellent vehicles for your cheeses. Pile them in a napkin-lined bowl or in a basket adjacent to the cheese display.

The garnishes
Pecan or walnut halves, small bunches of seedless grapes, fresh or dried figs, seedless Medjool dates, a dish of condiment like a chutney or fig jam, slivers of fresh fennel, or thin wedges of fuyu persimmon can give your display that welcome touch of cornucopia abundance while enhancing its munch ability.

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