Hello and happy weekend! I had intended to write this post up during the week but felt it better suited for a Saturday because a Saturday evening in really is the perfect time to enjoy this dish. Whenever Dan and I stay in a cheese plate will typically make an appearance.
When Blue Diamond sent me their new Artisan Nut Thins in Flaxseed and Multi-Seed I knew instantly that they’d be making an appearance on a cheese plate or two. As much as I love cheese plates there’s one issue with them…they’re kind of fancy. They’re typically something you put out when you’re entertaining.
Cheese plates seemed a bit daunting to make for two people because how do you even make a mini cheese plate appealing? Isn’t the whole fun of the idea the assortment and abundance of things?
Well, yes. BUT! After some heavy research, i.e., reading countless blogs that talk about what makes the perfect cheese plate, I’ve realized that by having the right components you can make a beautiful, inviting cheese plate as big or small as you want.
So whether you’re designing a plate for two or ten you’ll want to incorporate at least one of the following:
- a sweet or soft cheese [brie, ricotta salata]
- a salty or hard/crumbly cheese [parmesan]
- some type of fruit or fruit spread [fig jam, grapes, strawberries]
- something crunchy [crackers!]
Those are the four basic components I find on just about every cheese plate, no matter the size. Some extra additions include an assortment of nuts, a drizzle of honey and/or a selection of meats.
For a cheese plate served to two I kept it simple with two types of cheese, a crunchy cracker and a fruit.
I chose Jarlsberg as my “hard” cheese [I put that in quotes because it isn’t really had, I think it’s semi soft but this particular night Dan and I were in the mood for more mild cheeses] and bread cheese [a soft, sweet cow’s milk cheese] as my soft. I added a handful of red grapes for a crisp, tart compliment to the smooth and sweet cheeses and added an even bigger handful of Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins. I used both the Flax Seed and Multi-Seed flavors.
Here’s why I love the Artisan Nut Thins on a cheese plate: they can stand on their own but they also don’t overpower cheese. The crackers I find on cheese plates more often than not are those dry, flavorless water crackers. Ugh, I can’t stand those. I like crackers with some kind of flavor but they’re usually not on cheese plates because you don’t want to mix flavors that compete with each other. The Artisan Nut Thins are super crunchy and just enough of a subtly, salty flavor that enhances but doesn’t overpower even the most mild cheese.
This was such an easy yet fancy and decadent dish; it will elevate your night in snack time! So save the bag of chips and jar of dip for a weeknight and enjoy this elegant bite tonight.
This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond. All opinions and ideas expressed are my own.