What a jam-packed year this is with holidays; we had Valentine’s Day the weekend after Super Bowl, and now we’ve got Easter hitting us while we’re still nursing our hangovers from St. Patty’s Day! I’ve decided I’m okay with it, however, because of how much I love Easter. It’s one of the few times a year my big ol’ family gets together to–you guessed it–eat a bunch of yummy food (and candy of course).
Working where I do, I’m always the one to supply the cheese and crackers. This year, I came up with this simple and delicious cheese platter to bring with me to my sister’s house on Sunday.
Bel Gioioso Burrata– If you haven’t had Burrata before, you’ve seriously gotta hop on the bandwagon ASAP. These little jewels, coming packed two to a container, are balls of fresh mozzarella that are filled with shredded mozzarella soaked in heavy cream. Mozz-lovers rejoice. This stuff is amazing slathered plain on some bread or drizzled with a little olive oil or balsamic.
Meredith Dairy Marinated Feta– Whenever someone asks me what my ultimate favorite cheese it, this is the one I go to. A blend of sheep and goat milk marinated in a mixture of olive oil, rosemary, black peppercorn, and other herbs makes for a much more approachable and savory feta than you’re probably used to. I’ve sampled this many times and have yet to find someone that doesn’t love this cheese. A must-have with some good crusty bread to soak up the olive oil with.
Parmigiano Reggiano– A classic. Coming off of a beautifully crafted 90lb. wheel, this isn’t your standard old supermarket container of grated Parm–this stuff is the real deal. It has a nice sharpness that you’d expect from Parm but with a nice nutty sweetness. Not just for grating on your pasta, put it on your cheese platter with rustic chunks chipped off for snacking. If you wanna go crazy, serve it with just a touch of some really nice balsamic.
Creminelli Tartufo- What’s a cheese platter without a little salami? Originally hailing from the motherland Italy, Creminelli makes some incredible cured meats. This salami in particular is infused with Black Summer Truffle, giving it that extra earthy richness that so many are obsessed with. Great for special occasions.
Noel Chocolate Truffles- And Easter without chocolate? No way! Deemed “fancy French truffles” on the box, these treats are one of a kind. I was genuinely impressed (and in love) the first time I ever ate one of these. Dusted with cocoa powder, each truffle is a fudgy chocolate heaven inside with just the right sweetness for this platter.
And last but not least, don’t forget to grab a loaf of Il Forno Bread, baked fresh and delivered in the morning to your local Bottle King Vineyard Market.
* Please check with your local Bottle King for bread delivery days.