Wednesday, May 22, 2013

How to put together a fancy Cheese Platter

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I went to a specialty cheese store and I went a little crazy.... they let me try everything and I was able to put together this amazing combination!

1. Tavoliere delle Puglie w/ hot pepper jam
2. French creamy herbed cheese
3. Boucheron w/ raw honey
4. (I don't know the name of this one, it's similar to a soft parmigiano reggiano) w/ apricot jam
5. Gorgonzola. I didn't pair it with anything this time, but I usually serve it with a selection of raw veggies (celery, carrots, peppers, fennel) or a selection of pears (soft ones, juicy ones, firm ones).

I served everything with a homemade Focaccia made from my Pizza Dough. A-mazing!

What to drink with this?


In Italy we often eat this as an appetizer, or if we are at a party we pick on it while we wait for dinner to be ready.

Because all the cheeses I chose are creamy or soft, you can choose amongst these different types of wines:

RED
Go with something that has a red fruit element:
Chianti, Sangiovese, Nero D'avola, Merlot

WHITE
Go with something that has a citrus element, dry, with good acidity, and maybe some sparkles!
Ribolla Gialla, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco Spumante, Franciacorta

If you want to serve the platter at the end of the meal, try it with a dessert wine like Passito di Pantelleria (the best ones are Ben Rye' and Kamma) or a Malvasia.

Enjoy!
Valentina
RealItalianKitchen

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