One of the simplest ways to serve a crowd at a holiday party is to put together a cheese display. It's easy to arrange different cheeses on a platter and pair with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit, and charcuterie; the hard part is deciding what kind of cheese to serve! That's why I've done the work for you; this year for your holiday cheese display, I recommend a wedge of artisanal hand-crafted cheese from Wisconsin. To find out what's so great about cheese from the badger state and to see the three cheeses you must try, keep reading.
My favorite kind of appetizer is one that's deceiving; a dish that's impressive and will have your guests amazed at your culinary prowess. But really, you're the only one who knows how ridiculously easy it is to make. The perfect example? This smoked salmon mousse that's a wonderful addition to a cheese plate.
Upon hearing the title, one instantly envisions sophistication as smoked salmon is a glamorous ingredient. The word mousse is what leads the eater to believe it's a complex dish to put together. However, any good foodie knows that mousse can sometimes mean gelatin.
To make this luxurious spread that would be welcome at breakfast, noon, or night, all you have to do is blitz salmon, gelatin, sour cream, and lemon juice in a food processor. Then let the mixture set overnight, and voilà! Instant elegant appetizer. See just how simple it is when you look at the recipe.
Last weekend I attended California's Artisan Cheese Festival. While the highlight was tasting tons of scrumptious cheeses, I did learn how to create a beautiful cheese plate. A cheese plate is wonderful for parties because it doesn't involve any cooking; it's more about assembling and displaying in an attractive way. To see my tips for creating a beautiful cheese display, read more