Best Cheeses for a Cheese Platter

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    Best Cheeses for a Cheese Platter

    Cheese Platter
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    The seven best cheeses for a cheese platter (and a few extra) presented here are a bit more unusual than brie, cheddar, and some of the other cheeses commonly encountered on a cheese plate. You should feel free to pick the ones that appeal and combine them on a plate or board with some of your favorites. The best thing about making cheese assortments is that you can constantly shake things up. 

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    Fresh Goat Cheese or Chevre

    Goat Cheese With Fig Jam
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    So popular now, the classic flavor characteristics of chevre are a fresh goat milk taste, mild flavor, and smooth texture. Try fresh goat cheese or chevre with a drizzle of honey or maybe some fig jam on a cracker or slice of baguette. The plain is always a hit and it’s nice to offer the pairing of a plain log with an herb-coated one for variety. 

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    Goat Cheese

    Aged goat cheese
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    Beautiful little buttons of ripened goat cheese or “crottin” are adorable and showcase the distinctive flavor of goats’ milk perfectly. These are called Bijou, from Vermont Creamery, and they are dried and left to mature for a month, resulting in a slightly sweet yeasty flavor. 

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    Affidelice Cheese
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    Affidelice is slightly smaller than its popular sibling, Epoisse Berthaut, but a bit less pungent. Affidelice is washed in Chablis instead of marc. When brought to room temperature and ripe it is soft and spoonable, with a concentrated richness and a creamy texture. 

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    Tartufo Truffle Gouda

    Tartufo Truffle Gouda
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    This cheese is made from raw cow’s milk, but what makes it amazing is that just prior to the pressing and shaping of the cheese, shavings of Italian black truffles are generously sprinkled throughout the curd. This is a showstopper Tartufo truffle gouda cheese perfect for holiday entertaining. 

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    Salvatore BKLYN Smoked Whole Milk Ricotta

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    You may think you know ricotta cheese, and you may think it’s not so interesting to eat on its own. Well, this Salvatore BKLYN smoked whole milk ricotta is smoked over wood and is incredible smeared over a piece of bread or a cracker, maybe with a few fig preserves.  

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    Parmesan cheese
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    People often think about Parmesan for grating and cooking, but it's wonderful eaten on its own, served with a wedge knife to chop off little crumbly chunks. The nutty, salty flavor explodes in your mouth and is lovely with a slice of apple or pear.

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    A simple cow’s milk cheese is always good to include on a cheese platter for those with milder palates, especially many kids, or just for a quieter moment amongst more pungent cheese. The smooth texture is gentle but still, the rich flavor of fontina makes it a consistently good choice.

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    Blue Cheese

    Organic Blue Cheese Wedge
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    Sharp, usually salty, sometimes a bit sweet, the powerful flavor of a blue cheese really rounds out a good cheese plate. They are usually a little stinky, but most serious cheese lovers really go for that.  

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    Fig Jam

    Organic figs and a glass of fig jam
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    Fig jam feels pretty gourmet, but it’s now available all over the place. Other jellies and jams make a nice sweet counterpoint to cheeses, be they rich, creamy, crumbly, pungent or mild, but there’s something about the fig jam that really works.

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    Honey Comb

    Fancy cheese plate with bread and honey
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    Completely raw and unprocessed honeycomb is so pure tasting. Drip it over various cheeses.