Easy Cheese Plate Appetizer

"We had this at Brennan's Wine Bar in St. Louis on Saturday night and loved it. Very simple, but I would have never thought to throw this together myself. It's sweet, savory, creamy and crunchy.. .we devoured it in no time flat!"
 
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photo by French Tart
photo by French Tart photo by French Tart
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Ready In:
10mins
Ingredients:
6
Serves:
4
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ingredients

  • 3 ounces sliced drunken goat cheese
  • 3 ounces sliced manchego cheese (may sub any sharp, sturdy white cheese)
  • 20 onion flavored crackers
  • 14 cup blackberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
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directions

  • Get out a nice square platter and 2 small bowls (which fit on the platter).
  • Place goat cheese fanned out in one corner.
  • Fan the manchego out on the opposite corner.
  • Place jam/preserves in one bowl and place in an empty corner of the plate.
  • Then mix the seeds together in the remaining bowl and place in the opposite corner.
  • Feel free to garnish the plate with fresh berries and mint if you have some.
  • Place crackers on another plate and serve!
  • Guests will take 1 cracker, put 1 piece of cheese on it, spread a small amt of jam on the cheese and top with a small sprinkling of the seed. DELISH! (NOTE: You can also serve them on a platter already made up in this manner).

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Reviews

  1. Food of the Gods
    Everyone enjoyed. It's class and easy. Add some raspberries / grapes / blueberries on the plate for a little extra awesomeness!
     
  2. juniperwoman
    This was excellent, and a great change to buy two (new to me) cheeses. Both were stunning! And both were great with the jam.<br/><br/>We didn't end up putting out the pepitas or sunflower seeds, because the tray was already super full, since I was also serving with Marcona almonds, Baked Olives (http://www.food.com/recipe/baked-olives-12726) and Roasted Grapes (http://www.food.com/recipe/roasted-grapes-for-cheese-platter-68990).<br/><br/>Thank you so much for posting!<br/><br/>(One final note: I went looking for the Drunken Goat cheese in the aisle with the soft goat cheese, but it actually turns out to be a hard cheese)
     
  3. French Tart
    Something as simple as this is always my kind of food! Living in France I often find myself with a cheese and bread lunch, especially when I am by myself........however, this was a nice twist on my usual fare. I have no idea what pepitas are, so I went ahead and used Ste. Maure Chevre cheese (goat's cheese), Tomme (hard cow's milks cheese from the SW of France), pumpkin seeds ( I had no sunflower seeds!), Ritz crackers and home-made Blackberry Jelly. The combination of the sweet with the salty and the cheeses was wonderful. I agree with Susie Cooks, and I may add some olives next time and a handful of almonds would also be nice. Made for the Veggie swap #16 and very much enjoyed thanks! FT :-) PS. I served mine on a rustic round wooden bread board!
     
  4. susie cooks
    I could eat like this all the time! I used goat cheese with herbs and for the hard cheese I used a cheese called Cabralinda that I got at our local farmers market. The seeds were a nice addition. I used Trader Joe's Pita Bite Crackers. Loved the blackberry jam. I followed the recipe exactly but next time I may have to add some olives and/or almonds. Enjoyed this with a glass of Pinot Noir. Made for the Aussie Swap #33.
     
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