Wine & Cheese Party

Last weekend I had a mini wine and cheese party. It's easy to put together, doesn't cost you much, and everyone will enjoy it. To have one of your own, you will need: An assortment of cheese. I used a brie, manchego, a garlic & herb soft cheese, and a spiced goat cheese.

Nuts & Dried Fruit. Use anything you have on hand. Almonds, walnuts, dried apricots, dried cranberries. Endless choices.

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Fresh Fruit. Figs, apples, and pears are a nice addition to a wine and cheese spread. They're fresh, and work with everything.

Crackers & Bread. Use different types of crackers. I find that a plain sea salt cracker, and whole wheat work best because they are more sturdy. Choose flavoured ones too! Naan bread and pita bread are lovely as well for spreading cheese on.

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I made a cheesy take on a bruschetta. I took a baguette, sliced it into small pieces along the top, not going all the way down. Put mozzarella pieces in between each  piece, and put into the oven until the bread is crunchy and the cheese is melted. Top with a bruschetta mixture of chopped tomatoes, garlic, oregano, oil, and salt. You're all done!

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Wine. Use whatever you already have, and if you don't have anything, just pick up a $10.00 bottle. It doesn't have to be expensive to be delicious.

Other pairings. Olives, spreads, jams, and jellies all work nicely with everything. Go spicy and sweet for great combinations!

A wine and cheese party is meant to be rustic, delicious, and creative. There are endless cheese, fruit, nut combinations that you can achieve so just have fun! You won't break the bank with this, and everyone will be impressed, trust me.