Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Book Club Cheese and Fruit Plate
Last fall I hosted my book club for a brunch, and it was my turn again, only this time on a Monday night.
My approach had to be different - what could I serve with wine that is satisfying and easy enough for me to throw together after work on a Monday and so I can enjoy the meeting too?
A cheese plate with fun accompaniaments, "mojito" water and wine was simple, delicious and I do hope popular. Thanks to everyone for coming, and I hope you enjoyed everything!
The Ultimate Fruit and Cheese Plate:
(not exactly a recipe, but it serves 6-8)
3-4 varieties of cheese - I used a triple-cream brie, a creamy roquefort, a semi-soft cheese (forgot to write down what it was, but was mild and creamy with an orange rind) and finally goat cheese that I rolled in crushed dried tarragon, parsley, salt and pepper.
Mixed seedless grapes
Dry roasted salted almonds
Cornichons (baby gherkin pickles)
Medley of olives
Pinot Grigio-Cured hard salami from Trader Joe's
Assorted crackers and oven-warmed french bread
On the side/dessert:
Dark chocolate - 72% cacao
Razz cherries (dried cherries infused with raspberry essence)
"Mojito" water (fresh mint leaves and lime wedges in ice water)
White and red wines
Spread out food onto platters/plates/bowls, open wine, serve and enjoy!