How to Create a Holiday Cheese Tray
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How to Create a Holiday Cheese Tray

Holiday cheese trays are welcome at any gathering or dinner. They are colorful, easy to handle and work well with all types of foods.

The holiday season is a time of parties and celebrating and with these special events comes the responsibility of providing food or contributing to a potluck event. One of the most versatile and popular foods for any social function is the ever-popular cheese tray. It may seem a simple task to assemble and create an arrangement of favorite cheeses accompanied by crackers and sliced breads but there are a few tricks to making it truly eye appealing and artistic. 

  • Variety. Don't select just the common favorites of cheddar and American cheeses. Branch out and display a variety of yellow and white cheeses with different textures and tastes. Wedges of brie and cubes of Monterey Jack cheese will liven any cheese tray. Blue-veined bleu cheese is always an attention-getter and Colby cheeses are always a culinary favorite. Add some softer cheeses such as Boursin or pipe flavored cream cheese onto the tray for even more of a selection. Use different types of utensils with the varied cheeses - cheese scrapers for the firmer, block cheeses, butter spreaders for the spreadable variety and tongs for the small cubes and slices. 
  • Garnishes. Use other foods as edible garnishes to attractively display your cheeses. Line your tray with purple kale or leaf lettuce. Nestle small squares of fresh berries in red cabbage leaves and add red or green grapes or strawberries dipped in chocolate to give the tray more interest. 
  • Accompaniments. Get creative with the breads and crackers. Feature whole wheat and other whole grain crackers and breads for your health food lovers. Toast slices of French bread with just a touch of garlic for your gourmet enthusiasts.  
  • Trays.  Use a variety of different looks for your tray. An old wine barrel or wine crate lid makes an interesting and unusual serving surface. Wooden cutting boards work well with cheeses that need to be sliced before serving. Mirrors are easy to use in that you will not need large amounts of garnishes and it will appear that you have more food than you really do.  Silver and stainless are very functional and match almost anything. A three-tiered dessert stand is perfect for an assortment of cubes and slices of cheese and is very effective if you have limited serving space. 
  • Arrangement.  If your food display is against a wall or other surface, place your larger pieces of cheese in the back of the tray with the smaller selections fanning out toward the front edge ot the tray. If your display is centered prominently on a table where guests can help themselves from all sides, place the larger pieces in the middle with all of the other selections spread out toward all edges of the tray for easier access. Serve the breads and crackers on separate trays or in attractive baskets. 

There are so many creative and unusual methods of serving cheeses. Use your imagination and decorative kitchen display items to wow your guests and create a focal point for your holiday appetizers or buffet meal. 

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Nice share...these are great suggestions! Timely piece. Thanks for the tips Voted up

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