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April 4, 2017

Easter Appetizers Made Easy

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Easter is just around the corner; have you planned out your menu yet? Keep things simple with a cheese spread that’ll have your guests talking until next Easter rolls around.

Choosing A Focus for Your Easter Spread

Focus on 3-5 different kinds of cheeses so you and your guests can enjoy a little variety! You can mix it up by choosing a mix of firm and soft cheeses, mild and strong-flavored cheeses, as well as cheeses from different milk types, like cow or goat.

For our Easter appetizer menu, we went with:

Parrano – a fantastic blend of nutty Parmesan and smooth Dutch Gouda

Manchego – El Cortijo Manchego is an intense-tasting sheep’s milk cheese with a crumbly texture, with flavor notes reminiscent of flowers, nuts and lavender.

Cello Romano – 100% pure Romano with the taste of Pecorino, naturally aged for a minimum of 6 months

 

Not sure what to add to complement your cheeses? Take a walk through our Deli Bar and pick up a few classics, along with a few new and exciting finger foods. Think of adding a few savory and a few sweet options, as they help to cut through the stronger-flavored cheeses. For this cheese board, we went with the following:

Meats:

  • Hormel Rosa Pepperoni
  • Serrano Ham

Dips:

  • ShopRite Organic Honey
  • ShopRite Orange Marmalade

Small Bites:

  • Grilled Crostini
  • Tomato Bruschetta
  • Mixed French Olives
  • Marinated Mushrooms
  • Fresh Cut Strawberries
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Almonds
  • Cherry Tomatoes

A Few Tips:

How much cheese?

Plan for about 2 oz of each kind of cheese per guest.

So, if you have 4 different types of cheeses, and 8 guests, you’ll need 16 oz of each kind of cheese, and approximately 4 lbs in total.

Don’t serve cold cheese!

Allow cheeses to come to room temperature so that the flavors have time to develop. Taking cheeses out of the fridge about 1 hour before your party starts will work.