With the holiday season rapidly approaching, many people are in the beginning stages of planning parties to enjoy with family and friends. While some holiday parties include cooking complicated dishes or costly catering, there are ways to throw less expensive holiday parties that are sure to impress your guests, including the children. Fruit and cheese platters offer endless options. Here are a few great fruit and cheese pairings for those cozy nights spent with your loved ones!

Cheese plate with pomegranate

 

I scoured the internet for charts and comment boards with other food lovers’ favorite pairings. With so many different fruits and types of cheeses, the possibilities really are plentiful! The best part about the following list? All of these fruits are in season!


Apples

  • Sharp Cheddar

  • Brie

  • Aged Gouda

  • Fontina

  • Feta

  • Swiss

Cranberries

  • Mozzarella

  • Bijou

Figs

  • Brie

  • Smoked Gouda

  • Bleu

  • Manchego

  • Asiago

  • Goat Cheese

 

I’m going to take this moment to personally advocate the fig and goat cheese combination. This past January, when one of my friends picked me up from the airport to go back to school, we went out for tapas and tried an incredible variation of this. It was served as toasted bread with goat cheese and a fig on top, and I have been having food fantasies about it ever since.

 

Also, I’ve seen people serve fig jelly over cheese. It’s especially good on warm brie!
 

Grapes (Red)

  • Camembert

  • Brie

  • Parmesan

  • Pecorino

  • Cheddar

  • Bleu

  • Gouda

  • Havarti

  • Feta

  • Fontina

  • Asiago

Pears

  • Brie

  • Fontina

  • Bleu

  • Aged Gouda

  • Cheddar

  • Feta

  • Swiss

  • Gorgonzola Dolce

 

Pears are one of my favorite fruits, and they are so good with cheese! I like them served with warm brie.

Persimmons

  • Coupole

Pomegranates

  • Goat Cheese

Quinces

  • Manchego

 

Some people serve the manchego with quince paste, also known as “membrillo.”

 

The easiest way to make a good fruit and cheese plate is probably to pick cheeses that go with a lot of different kinds of fruit. For example, brie, cheddar, gouda, and goat cheese go with a lot of different fruits on this list. With about three or four cheeses and the same number of fruits, you can create a cheese plate with a lot of options. If you add bread or nuts, which go great with fruit and cheese, the possibilities are almost endless.

Cheese plate with grapes

 

Another good way to serve an easy cheese dish is to use cream cheese and some kind of jellied fruit spread. My mom used to serve sweet jalapeno jelly over an eight ounce block of cream cheese. We would just spread it on crackers for a delicious party snack. Fig jelly could also work really well for this.

 

If you’re planning on throwing on a holiday party and want some easier fare to balance out the time of making a lot of different dishes, try some of these awesome fruit and cheese combinations!

 
 
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