Last Friday night, I got together with some friends to see Chicago at Starlight Theater (in Kansas City). The plan was to meet at our friend's home for a couple glasses of wine and a few bites to eat before the show. I had promised to bring a sort of hors d'oeuvres, but I had had a pretty long day and I wasn't in the mood to spend any time in the kitchen or much money at the store. My solution? A cheese platter with grapes, pears and crackers. $15 Looks like a lot more, doesn't it?!
Shopping List :
Havarti Cheese - $3.50
Extra Sharp Cheddar - $3.50
Table Water Crackers with Sesame Seeds - $2.50
Red Grapes - $3.50
Bartlett Pears - $2.00
Total = $15.00
*Anytime I assemble a platter I think about color. I always have something green - in this case the pears, something red usually berries or grapes, and two colors of cheese. If I use a soft goat cheese, I roll the log in chopped parsley to give it color.
*When I want to save on the budget, I don't go to the gourmet cheese area - I go to the pre-packaged cheese section, then look for the cheese that were wrapped by the deli. These cheeses are usually cut from the deli's large blocks of cheese, therefore they are a higher quality than the Kraft type cheese, but much less expensive than the specialty gourmet cheeses. And guess what? When presented on a platter like this, no one will be the wiser.
*I love the really simple Carr's Table Water crackers with sesame seeds. They are elegant and the perfect compliment to a flavorful cheese.