As much work should go into hors d'oeuvres as planning the meal. After all, first impressions make a big difference. Cheese has traditionally been a simple, yet elegant foundation for entertaining. igourmet has done the work for you and assembled a selection of some of our favorite products.
The key to entertaining with cheese is to provide novelty, diversity and a blend of tastes and textures that will appeal to different palates. Included in our Party Planner is the timeless classic, Mountain Gorgonzola, prized for its rich, sharp, blue cheese taste. A safe bet for all palates, an aged British Farmhouse Cheddar (one of the best you will ever taste), nicely contrasts the Gorgonzola with its sweet, tangy flavor. For decadence, we added a French creamy cheese (Fromager d'Affinois). Malagon with Rosemary, a savory sheep's milk cheese that imparts overtures of Spanish countryside herbs, grass and wildflowers, completes our cheese selection. The included Bremner Wafers make elegant vehicles for these fabulous cheeses.
Next, we've selected 8 ounces of sliced smoked salmon, accompanied by cornichons. Serve on dense, thinly sliced, dark bread, lightly spread with Clotted Cream. To enhance this presentation, decorate the serving platter with thinly sliced lemons and fresh dill.
Our Party Planner would not be complete without the deliciously Olli Salame and rustic Perigord Pate. Serve with the accompanied mini toasts and a bowl of our intensely flavored Greek Olives and Peppadew Peppers.