Turn to this guide next time you are having a spur of the moment gathering!
Dips are a great choice because they are easily thrown together and can be
conveniently pre-made ahead of time. If you’re not that handy in the kitchen, you can
just buy them from the store instead. Choose your favorite hot or cold dip and then
simply lay out a spread of bread, crackers, veggies, and any other of your preferred
Dips you can buy pre-made or make at home yourself
Salsa and chips
Spinach dip - check out my 5 ingredient recipe!
A cheese plate is a simple appetizer that's sure to be a hit. In addition to being easily prepared, it's open to your personal interpretation as there are no firm rules. You can use whichever cheeses you like, something you already have on hand, or try out that new cheese you’ve been eying in the store. Be sure to have a balanced selection on the plate using a variety of milks such as goat, sheep, and cow. You’ll also want to serve an assortment of firmnesses ranging from soft and spreadable to hard and aged, this way you can please every palate. Having a variety of textures is important too, so consider including nuts for a little crunch as well as some spreadable options like chutneys, jams, or mustards. Add a drizzle of honey over the top, some dried or ripe fruits, good breads, crackers, and dig in!
The Cheese Plate Guide
Hard cow's milk cheese
Soft goat cheese
Semi-hard sheep's milk cheese
Crunchy flatbreads or breadsticks
Ripe fruit like grapes, pear slices, and figs
Cured meats like salami, prosciutto, and summer sausages
Chutneys and jams
Olives and cornichons
Finish off with a drizzle of honey
Our Favorite Cheeses
● Goat - It's tangy, soft, and comes in a variety of flavors like sun dried tomato or
rolled in fresh herbs. We love spreading it over mini petite toast.
● Aged Irish Cheddar – It’s a hard, sharp, cow's milk cheese. - This is Brian's
number one favorite cheese! He has tried many other cheeses and nothing else
comes close. He also loves reminding me how he has made many others love
this cheese too.
● Blue Cheese with Honey - Blue cheese can be overwhelming for many people
but spreading it on a French baguette with a little drizzle of honey mellows out
the strong blue cheese taste and creates a harmonious flavor explosion.
● Manchego Cheese - An aged, buttery, semi-hard, Spanish cheese. Manchego
has a distinct, slightly nutty flavor and pairs great with a nice glass of red wine.
- This is one of my personal favorites but watch out for its inedible rind. It won't
make you sick but it's not very tasty either.
● Smoked Gouda - A semi-hard, slightly creamy cheese with another inedible rind.
I have loved this cheese since I was a little girl. The first time I introduced it to
Brian he loved it calling it "bacon cheese" because of its smoky flavor. Really any
smoked cheese is a win, we also like smoked mozzarella.
Prosciutto Wrapped Melon
This doesn't need much of an explanation since the name pretty much says it all.
Adding together the right ingredients is the key to making a perfect, quick and easy
appetizer. All you have to do is wrap salty prosciutto around seasonal, ripe melon -
cantaloupe is my favorite choice. Add some extra flair by drizzling our fresh blended
sauce over the top.
● Olive Oil
● Salt and Pepper - Go easy on the salt because the prosciutto is already plenty
Blend together until smooth and adjust amounts based on your taste preference. Drizzle over the top and enjoy!
Quesadillas are another great, easy-to-make appetizer that are hearty and once again
allow you to use whatever you already have in the fridge.
Here's some fun quesadilla flavor combinations
● Cheddar, crumbled bacon and grated green apple
● Diced avocado, Monterey Jack cheese, and roasted corn salsa
● Goat cheese, caramelized onions, and spinach
● Mozzarella, parmesan, tomato, and basil
This is another one of Brian's favorites so we have it often; especially after getting an
amazing recipe from a dear family friend. It’s light, fresh, and flavorful; just what you
want right before you are about to have a big meal.