Man may not be able to live on bread alone, but this woman could likely live on cheese if given the chance. I can’t think of a single food I enjoy more, and I’ve been known to consider cheese and crackers a proper meal from time to time.
Not just ordinary cheese and crackers, though. That’s fine in a pinch, but I love to jazz up my cheese plates with pickles, cured meats, jams, chutneys, and certain seasonal produce, like grapes, apples and pears, and corn.
Say what? Corn on a cheese platter? Yes, please!
I know it’s not conventional, but it totally works in the right situation. In fact, it’s more than okay when you pair the golden grilled kernels with pickled jalapeños, Monterrey Jack cheese, and crisp crackers. And in keeping with the summer theme, how about including some peaches, tomatoes, basil, and homemade jam in the mix, too?
Not only do these ingredients add an element of surprise and pop of pretty colour to your platter, but they also happen to be available in abundance in the late summer ensuring you’re likely to have them on hand. I say feel free to leave all of the ingredients on a long board and let your friends put together their own favourite combination, or prepare a few dozen crackers with the fusions you’re fond for an easy, seasonal appetizer.
Here are a few of the summer flavours I’m kind of crazy about:
- Water cracker, blue cheese, peach slice, honey, and chopped hazelnuts
- Paris toasts, goat cheese, basil, grape tomato, and fresh ground black pepper
- Crisp cracker, Monterrey Jack cheese, pickled jalapeño, and grilled corn kernels
- Light cracker, aged cheddar cheese, spinach or arugula, berry jam
If you’ve been reading the blog long enough you know that Rob and I have a weekly date night at home every Wednesday. More often than not cheese makes it way into our meal, and I tested a few of these combinations on him last week. He was a huge fan of all of them except the one with the jam, which just happened to be my personal favourite. I guess opposites really do attract, even when it comes to cheese.