Fruit, Cheese and Wine Plate

Fruit, Cheese and Wine Plate

SheKnows
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total: 45 min
  • Serving: 12
A simple, yet elegant, dinner to nibble and sip. A tablecloth lain with fresh fruit, flavorful cheese, and delicious wine begs to be savored at leisure. Include the welcome crunch of a few whole grain crackers or miniature toasts to round out your meal.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium apricots
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup grapes
  • 1 medium nectarine
  • 1 medium peach
  • 1 medium pear
  • 2 medium plums
  • 1 cup sliced honeydew

Directions

  1. Roasted Grapes:
  2. An impressive pairing for cheese and wine is a bunch of roasted grapes.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place 2 to 3 bunches of red flame seedless grapes, still attached to vines, on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle with sherry vinegar or port wine.
  5. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until grape skins become slightly puckered and caramelized.
  6. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar and serve warm.
  7. Cheese:
  8. Slice or spread it thin, the bold flavors go a long way.
  9. Try firm and semi-soft cheeses such as Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Edam, Fontina, Gouda or Munster.
  10. Soft cheeses include Brie, Cream Cheese, Chevre, and Camembert.
  11. This is only the tip of the cheese wheel; many more types of wonderful cheeses are on the market.
  12. Be daring and try a new one.
  13. Wine and cheese suggestios:
  14. The whiter and fresher the cheese the crisper and fruitier the wine should be.
  15. Fresh goat's cheese and dry Sauvignon Blanc
  16. Sweet wine is a good match for a cheese with high acidity.
  17. Blue cheese and Sauternes
  18. White wines go better with many cheeses, more so than reds.
  19. Brie cheese and dry Riesling
  20. Not all red wines match with cheese. The most recommended are the fruity, light red wines.
  21. Monterey Jack cheese and Pinot Noir
  22. Dry red wines taste better with mild, young hard cheeses.
  23. Gouda cheese and Beaujolais
  24. Full-bodied red wines can pair well with strong hard cheeses.
  25. Sharp Cheddar and Shiraz or Syrah
  26. Dry champagnes are brilliant combination with white cheeses.
  27. Camembert and a full-flavored champagne or Chevre cheese and lighter champagne

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