Planning on entertaining for the holidays? Remove some of the stress from holiday hosting by serving a nut & cheese board as a starter. It is a great way to take care of the appetizers ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about it while you’re preparing the entrees.
6 ounces chèvre (goat cheese)
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
6 ounces sharp Cheddar, thinly sliced
8 ounces double cream Brie
4 ounces Parmesan, roughly chopped into chunks
6 ounces blue cheese (I chose a mild Saint Agur)
½ cup almonds
¼ cup walnuts
1 medium pomegranate, quartered
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 small honeycomb
10 medium cornichons
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
Baguette, sliced and grilled
Assorted crackers, as needed
Breadsticks, as needed
Rosemary sprigs, for garnish
Gently roll the goat cheese in the thyme so that it is evenly coated. Set aside.
Arrange the cheeses on a large cheese board then arrange crackers around the cheese.
Fill in the board with the almonds, walnuts, pomegranates, cranberries and honeycomb. Add the mustard and cornichons to small bowls and arrange on the board. Serve with the bread, crackers and breadsticks. Garnish the board with sprigs of rosemary.