3/30/15

Easy Spring Entertaining ~ Cheese Pairing



Good morning and happy Monday to you all!

Spring is here and spring celebrations are in the air! Easter is now upon us and soon will follow the communions parties, Mother's Day brunches, and back yard cookouts to celebrate graduations. And when it comes to planning any type of gathering, as far as appetizers go I like to keep things simple. One of the easiest and most elegant ways to set the tone for an afternoon or evening social is to provide a beautiful appetizer table which includes a few unique yet versatile spreadable cheeses. Then allow your guests the fun and adventure of pairing them with a host of assorted accoutrement's.



 Appetizer Menu

Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb Gournay cheese spread
Boursin Shallot &Chive Gournay cheese spread

To be paired with...
Everything Flat Bread crackers, Water crackers and Ciabatta baguette
and
Toasted sliced Almonds
Fresh Baby arugula
Olive tempenade
Sliced green Apples and Radishes
Dried Cherries
plus a
Cherry Honey

wine pick- souvignon blanc from SOUVERAIN 


There are so many fabulous ways to enjoy Boursin cheeses. Here are a few ideas I came up with as how to pair two of Bousin's beautifully crafted and incredibly delicious Gournay cheeses, Garlic and Fine Herbs and Shallots and Chives. 




OK I totally love anything garlic, and as far as I am concerned garlic goes with just about everything! So when it came time to try Boursin's Garlic & Fine Herbs cheese, it is not hard to believe that I went crazy over the flavor. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this cheese is on a thin slice of ciabatta bread, topped with a peppery bite of baby arugula and the saltiness of an olive tapanade.



Another great way to enjoy this garlic infused cheese is to simply spread it on any type of cracker and then top it with toasted almonds.


When entertaining, I like to provide both sweet and savory options for my guests, and I love the taste of the two opposing flavors together. 


One of the pairings I really enjoy is the light yet somewhat earthy flavor of Boursin's Shallot & Chive cheese with a touch of sweetness from honey, I used a cherry honey, and a slice of tart green apple all atop an Everything flat bread. Another tasty combination to try with this cheese is to spread it on a plain water cracker and then add some dried fruit and a slice of raw radish. The flavors are wonderful together and texturally you enjoy the bold crispiness of the radish in  contrast to the creaminess of the Shallot & Chive cheese.


My wine of choice to go with these cheeses is a citrusy sauvignon blanc or a light pinot grigio.


It is also a good idea to create a few pairing options ahead of time for your guests. This will help them to think out of the box with regard to other possible ways to pair these delicious cheeses. 



I hope this post gives you few ideas of how to entertain in a way that will not only totally wow your guest, but also help you to very easily create a beautifully elegant appetizer spread with some of the gorgeous cheeses from Boursin.


Wishing you all a wonderful start to this glorious Easter week!

XO

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11 comments:

  1. Barbara, love the ideas, they look scrumptious! By the way, love your awesome header photographs!
    Have a great day~
    Nancy

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  2. Great ideas, thanks so much. Now what time is the party...
    Happy Easter and have a wonderful week.
    Mary

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  3. Ummm...I AM invited over, right? I won't even drink your wine but I will EAT!!! lol You have outdone yourself this time. It is a gorgeous set up!!!! xo Diana

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  4. And not only does it look delicious, but you know how to style a table in such an elegant fashion!
    Brenda

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  5. Very nice pairings and presentation! Any additional info on the cherry honey? Brand or website. It looks a little thicker than the usual honey or maybe it's the cheese keeps the honey from running off the cracker. And can I ask if the great aqua bottle/vases are Tequila bottles? If so that a great idea, so many wine or spirits bottles are very attractive and to find a new way to use them is inspired. Thanks for the ideas.

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    1. Hi Dee...the cherry honey is by a company call Mitica. It is from Italy. I picked up my jar at Wegmans but they do have a website. http://forevercheese.com/products/cherry-honey/. The honey is raw so it is more solid, but you can heat it to loosen it up. I shot my pics on a colder day so the honey didn't stay thin for very long. And yes very observant of you...those bottles are tequila bottles and I spray painted them. I thought they were just too pretty to toss so I hung onto them and I am glad I did.

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  6. Barb this spread looks fabulous! yummy and styled just perfectly!

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  7. Your photographs are luscious! I am a huge fan of boursin! It never looked better!

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  8. It looks wonderfully inspiring and it looks delicious!

    Lovely!

    Barb

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  9. Love this! Looks so delicious! We were in Philadelphia a few years ago and my hubby ordered a cheese tray from a restaurant. I didn't know that much about cheese, fruit and wine pairings at the time, but that presentation was enough to inspire me to get back home and start learning! Amazing how the fruits, wine and cheeses all compliment each other so well and bring out the flavors! Have a great day!

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