This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds, whom I have an ongoing relationship. All opinions are 100% my own.
We had the most delicious Hanukkah dinner with the family Saturday night! Brisket, Parmesan and garlic spaghetti squash, rice with sun dried tomatoes and arugula, side salad, and of course latkes. Trevor could eat his weight in just the latkes. Come to think of it, we all could.
Normally I put out a few creamy dips to snack on before dinner, but this year I wanted something lighter to balance out the deep fried potato pancakes! I was super inspired while at Dorothy’s a few weeks ago, and a gorgeous cheese platter that Glory brought. So, I did a version of it for the family. It was such a big hit!
Incredibly easy to put together, yet looks very pretty, there are many different variations for a cheese tray, but usually center around sweet and salty combinations.
I included two different types of cheese, assorted crackers, dried fruit, dark chocolate pieces, and Blue Diamond almonds, Lightly Salted and Honey Roasted << both favorites of mine, and also compliment each other, along with everything else on the board.
There were only seven of us this year, but had there been a bigger crowd, I probably would have done a second board with salami, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, olives, grapes, and just the Blue Diamond Lightly Salted almonds.
Actually, I think I might make that for just a regular weeknight dinner!
- 6 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, cubed
- 6 ounces sharp white cheddar, cubed
- 6 ounces dried apricots
- 4 ounces dark chocolate with sea salt and hazelnuts, broken up into medium pieces
- 3 ounces Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds
- 3 ounces Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Almonds
- Assorted crackers
- Remove cheese from the refrigerator an hour before cutting into cubes.
- Intersperse the ingredients, so the different cheeses and nuts are not next to each other.
- Place contrasting colors next to each other.
- Have fun with it!