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.
Add something salty or savory like 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, 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.
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.
Crispy nutty cracker + creamy brie + roasted quince + honey + toasted nut = THE PERFECT BITE!
This combination is incredibly addicting.
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 . . . .
Sliced, roasted and drizzled with honey they are the perfect accompaniment to cheese, or even meats.
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.
(This post was sponsored by Castello, Lesley Stowe and Folie a Deux )Print
A simple delicious Holiday Cheese Board w/ Honey Roasted Quince, persimmons, almonds, olives, cheeses, honey and rosemary sprigs.
- 1 – 1½ lbs cheese (3–5 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- Peppered Maplele pecans or try Marcona almonds
- ½ cup honey, jam or preserves
- fresh rosemary, sage or thyme sprigs for garnishing
- Gourmet Crackers or breads
Honey Roasted Quince ( or pears)
- 4 quince
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup crushed toasted hazelnuts
To make Honey Roasted Quince:
pre heat oven to 375F
- 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:
- 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.
- Add crackers and utensils.
- Play around and have fun – it’s kind of like decorating or painting. So much fun!!!
Feel free to add charcuterie!
- Calories: 265
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