NYE Party Platter
New Year's Eve is TODAY! Whether you're staying in to watch the ball drop, hosting or attending a party- you’ll need a snack. One of my personal and honest favorites is a meat and cheese board. You just can’t go wrong with this dish as a party host or guest. It’s quick, simple and full of variety.
Besides tasting delicious, this dish also forces people to mingle and converse. In the restaurant industry, we call this “interactive food”. How can you grab some cheese without saying “hi” to the person next to you also going in for some cheese?
So before we make our yearly New Year’s resolution to eat healthier starting tomorrow, let’s ring in the new year with some flavor!
Meat and Cheese Board Guide:
Meat: Any cured meat will be great! Salami, Summer Sausage and Salumi (which is only called so when cured in Italy) are popular choices. You can get as expensive as Prosciutto and as cheap as Summer Sausage.
My thought on the cured meat: they start to oxidize the second you slice them. So letting a $14.00 a pound cut sit out for a long period of time is not the best use of your money. I'd go down the middle with Sopressata or maybe a Capicola ham (the cut of loin off the pork shoulder). All of these can be found at your local grocery store.
Cheese: Oh man where do I start .... Cheese can be broken down into so many categories! Let's make it easy and use texture as one.
Hard Cheese: Not easy to cut
Semi Soft Cheese: Can be easily cut and somewhat spreadable
Soft Cheese: Difficult to cut, easy to spread and a little messy
I suggest a semi soft cheese since people usually don’t want to spend five minutes trying to get cheese on a cracker.
Now you pick the animal in which the cheese was made from. (There is sooo much to discuss so I will be writing another blog post soon about cheeses and cured meats!) I would suggest choosing cow or sheep, both are mild and usually something everyone likes. Gouda, (not aged too long ), aged cheddar, Pecorino or fresh mozzarella are also great choices. Again we are very spoiled and most whole foods and sprouts will have this stuff laying around.