Here’s a little Cheese Board inspiration – to dazzle your guests this holiday season! This one is made with Honey Roasted Quince, persimmons, figs, maple glazed pecans, olives and rustic seed crackers -and an easy step-by-step guide on how to create a beautiful holiday cheese board! Vegetarian! How to make a Holiday Cheese Board! This one is made with Honey Roasted Quince ( or pears), persimmons, figs, maple glazed pecans, olives and gourmet crackers -and an easy step by step guide on how to create a beautiful holiday cheese board! Vegetarian!  | www.feastingathome.com #cheeseboard #thanksgivingappetier #cheeseplatter #cheeseplate

Do what is healing to your spirit and without effort you will bring the world healing in return. – Alan Cohen

Simplify your holiday gatherings with a beautiful Holiday Cheese Board. With little or no cooking required they can be assembled in a few minutes with very little fuss.

Start with what’s in season and let this inspire you. This could be fall leaves or branches, your favorite bowls or cutting boards, fall fruit or winter squash.

Gather up and set a few things aside and when you are ready to assemble, the board will come together quickly and easily. The great thing about a cheese board is you can assemble it a couple of hours ahead, leaving you time to get ready for the party.

Here, persimmons, pomegranate, figs, pears and Honey Roasted Quince (or sub pears) compliment a delicious selection of cheeses. When selecting cheese I always try to include a variety of something blue, something creamy, something aged and something tame.

Of course, you can add more, but really 3-4 good kinds of cheese are enough.

How to make a Cheese Platter

Set your selection of cheeses in different areas of the board or platter, spreading them out.

Add something salty or savory like a jar of buttery Castelvetrano olives or cured meats, and a bit of texture, like spiced or roasted nuts and seeds. Marcona almonds and Peppered Maple Pecans are some of my personal favorites.

Next add something sweet like honey – always a good option – as well as fruit preserves, fig jam or chutney. If feeling so inclined this is where you could add your own homemade touches – like olive tapenade, fig jam, apple butter or these delicious honey roasted quince with hazelnuts.

How to make a Holiday Cheese Board! This one is made with Honey Roasted Quince ( or pears), persimmons, figs, maple glazed pecans, olives and gourmet crackers -and an easy step by step guide on how to create a beautiful holiday cheese board! Vegetarian!  | www.feastingathome.com #cheeseboard #thanksgivingappetier #cheeseplatter #cheeseplate

Don’t forget good quality crackers . . . like these Lesley Stowe  Raincoast Crisps, crispy and flavorful and packed full of fruit and nuts. They taste as good as they look.

Or make your own crackers– these Rustic Seed Crackers or our Sourdough Crackers are a great addition!

Thanksgiving Cheese Board with Honey Roasted Quince- an easy step by step guide on how to create a simple elegant cheese board | www.feastingathome.com

Crispy nutty cracker + creamy brie + roasted quince + honey + toasted nut = THE PERFECT BITE!

Thanksgiving Cheese Board with Honey Roasted Quince- an easy step by step guide on how to create a simple elegant cheese board | www.feastingathome.com

This combination is incredibly addicting.

Thanksgiving Cheese Board with Honey Roasted Quince- an easy step by step guide on how to create a simple elegant cheese board | www.feastingathome.com

And of course, every good cheese board, needs good wine. Today I’m serving up two – a Cab and a Pinot Noir from Folie a Deux. So tasty.

Thanksgiving Cheese Board with Honey Roasted Quince- an easy step by step guide on how to create a simple elegant cheese board | www.feastingathome.com

Thanksgiving Cheese Board with Honey Roasted Quince- an easy step by step guide on how to create a simple elegant cheese board | www.feastingathome.com

A friend let me harvest a basket full of quince from his tree last week – and let me tell you . . . . the smell! Soooooo incredible! The sweet, almost tropical aroma filled our house for days.

Kind of an old-fashioned fruit  –  fuzzy, oddly shaped and a little knobby – quince are related to both apples and pears. But know that they must be cooked before they are eaten. Raw, they are extremely unpalatable. Often they are turned into quince paste or jam, or poached for desserts. Their skin has a lot of natural pectin.

But we’ve been roasting them, skin and all . . . .

Thanksgiving Cheese Board with Honey Roasted Quince- an easy step by step guide on how to create a simple elegant cheese board | www.feastingathome.com

Sliced, roasted and drizzled with honey they are the perfect accompaniment to cheese, or even meats.

How to make a Holiday Cheese Board! This one is made with Honey Roasted Quince ( or pears), persimmons, figs, maple glazed pecans, olives and gourmet crackers -and an easy step by step guide on how to create a beautiful holiday cheese board! Vegetarian!  | www.feastingathome.com #cheeseboard #thanksgivingappetier #cheeseplatter #cheeseplate

How to make a Holiday Cheese Board! This one is made with Honey Roasted Quince ( or pears), persimmons, figs, maple glazed pecans, olives and gourmet crackers -and an easy step by step guide on how to create a beautiful holiday cheese board! Vegetarian!  | www.feastingathome.com #cheeseboard #thanksgivingappetier #cheeseplatter #cheeseplate

The most important thing when creating a holiday cheese board, is to have fun with it, be playful and create. It’s a fun way to be creative in the kitchen!

Cheers friends!

Sylvia

(This post was sponsored by Castello, Lesley Stowe and Folie a Deux )

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Thanksgiving Cheese Board w/ Honey Roasted Quince

Holiday Cheese Board w/ Honey Roasted Quince


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A simple delicious Holiday Cheese Board w/ Honey Roasted Quince, persimmons, almonds, olives, cheeses, honey and rosemary sprigs.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lbs cheese (35 varieties – one blue veined, one creamy brie, one aged, one “tame”)
  • 3 or more kinds of seasonal fruits – persimmons, pear, apple, figs, grapes, pomegranate, blood oranges, berries
  • 1 cup olives- try Castelvetranos
  • 1 cup toasted or spiced nuts- Try these Maple pecans or  Marcona almonds
  • ½ cup honey,  jam or preserves
  • fresh rosemary, sage or thyme sprigs for garnishing
  • Sour dough Crackers or Rustic seed crackers

Honey Roasted Quince ( or pears)

  • 4 quince
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup crushed toasted hazelnuts

Instructions

To make Honey Roasted Quince:

pre heat oven to 375F

  1. Slice quince into ¼ inch thick wedges (no need to peel) and toss with oil. Spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper and place in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring once, halfway through. After 30 minutes, drizzle with honey, stir, and return to the oven for 10 more minutes, turning the heat off. Place in a bowl and top with crushed toasted hazelnuts. Place on the cheese board.

Sssemble Cheese Board:

  1. Gather a few small bowls, one large cutting board or several small ones- you can also layer these ( small board over big boards). Place board where it will live for the event.  Arrange bowls on or around cutting boards, and fill with nuts, honey, preserves, olives, roasted quince.  Arrange cheeses on the board. Tuck in cut fruit into the gaps and add sprigs of fresh herbs or surround the boards with colorful fall leaves.
  2. Add crackers and utensils.
  3. Play around and have fun – it’s kind of like decorating or painting. So much fun!!!

Notes

Feel free to add charcuterie!


Nutrition

  • Calories: 265

Keywords: cheese platter, roasted quince Cheese board, fall cheese board, fall appetizer, thanksgiving appetizer,

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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