We’re all social butterflies during the holiday season. You get to wear some killer looks and indulge in all that is festive and delicious. These cheese platters are a fast and easy addition to your own get-together. They’ll add that effortless touch of holiday magic to your dining scene. Oh, and don’t forget the wine!
A warm, gooey baked brie with brown sugar is a foodie match made in holiday heaven. After baking, I top off the edges of the brie with fresh rosemary leaves, honey roasted pecans, and cranberries so it looks like a wreath! Made of brie! Serve this up on toasted baguette or crackers, paired with green apple slices.
- 1 round of brie
- 2-3 tbsps brown sugar
- 4-5 rosemary stems, de-stemmed
- a handful of honey roasted pecans (or any other nuts that tickle your fancy)
- cranberries for decoration
- green apple, grapes, baguette, crackers
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Put the whole brie wheel on a parchment-lined baking tray.
- Cover the top with a layer of brown sugar.
- Bake for 20 minutes. You will notice the brie inflate a little, and the sugar beginning to melt.
- Let the brie cool 5 minutes once out of the oven. Arrange rosemary leaves on the edges of the brie. The warmth of the cheese will make the rosemary fragrant.
- Sprinkle pieces of honey roasted pecans (or nuts of your choosing) in the rosemary. Finish with a few cranberries on top. It will look like a wreath!
- Arrange green apple slices, toasted baguette, crackers and other accouterments around the brie.
If you don’t have time to make a festive brie (I get it… adulting is hard) you can always order one on Amazon. It’s pre-made; all you have to do is bake it! Genius.
Christmas Tree Ball
Let your inner sculptor shine! The great thing about a cheese ball is that you can mold it into any shape you like. Since cream cheese is the main base, you have a lot of flexibility to make this festive. Plus, you can make this days in advance! This recipe from Betty Crocker uses two cheeses: cream and shredded cheddar, all rolled with herbs, nuts, and spices. The parsley acts as the leaves of the tree, and the red bell peppers are the ornaments. In the end, it’s all about the gorgeous presentation. You can serve this up on a white marble cheese board, so it looks like the cheese tree is on a base of snow. How pretty!
Also, try the antipasto Christmas tree cheese ball (pictured above) if you love olives. It’s a showstopper!
Goat Cheese Yule Log
Nothing says the holidays like cranberries. This goat cheese log is covered in every festive ingredient you can think of: walnuts, pecans, cinnamon, and of course, cranberries. All you have to do is roll a log of goat cheese in these ingredients, wrap it, set it, and forget it. Serve the log on top of a smear of your favorite craft jelly.
Kids can get in on this one. It’s just like making cookies with festive cookie cutters, but with cheese instead! Slice into some of your favorite cheese blocks and use mini cookie cutters to make ornaments (or any other shapes for the season—snowflakes, stars, Christmas trees… you name it!) You can either make an assorted cheese board with the different shapes or scatter them on top of veggies. Like icing a cookie, you can have you guests “ice” their cheese with different spreads and jellies!
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Cheese, and much more, in this festive holiday box of nibbles!
If you don’t have time, you can always buy a holiday platter of cheese and meats online and this gift set includes a variety of cheeses, sausages, mixed nuts, fruit spreads, and sweet treats.
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