Cheese and Chocolate Board

Ingredients for 1 serving

Cocoa Almonds

2 1/2 cups raw, unsalted whole almonds

1/4 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons unsweetened real cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon fine table salt, plus more as desired


Cheese Board

Castello Traditional Danish Blue

Castello Aged Havarti

Dried figs

Sliced charcuterie

Apricot jam

Cocoa Almonds

Pepita seeds

Various breads and crackers

Folie à Deux Zinfandel

Cheese and Chocolate Board


Cocoa Almonds

Preheat oven to 350°F, with a rack in middle position.

Spread raw almonds into a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet (unlined.) Bake for 10 minutes, stopping once to shake the pan in between bake time. Almonds should be toasty and fragrant, but not burnt.

Pour toasted almonds into a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and stir to completely coat. Spread coated almonds back onto baking sheet to cool completely.

Store cocoa almonds in airtight container.


Cheese Board

12 Tips to the Perfect Cheese Platter:

  1. Balance the flavors, from strong to mild cheeses (i.e. blue to Havarti)
  2. Balance the textures from soft to hard cheeses (i.e. brie to Parmigiano)
  3. If either #1 or #2 above cause a big question mark, chat with your neighborhood cheese specialist and let them help you figure out what to include.
  4. Separate knives or serving tools for strong vs. mild cheeses is a good idea. You can even pre-slice some of the cheeses for ease.
  5. Have a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes of goodies. This includes your cheeses (white brie wheel vs. yellow cheddar wedge).
  6. Room temperature! Rest your cheeses at room temp 30 to 60 minutes before serving.
  7. Other chews besides the cheese. Think fruits, nuts, and seeds. A mixture of salty and sweet nuts are always popular.
  8. Meat choices like salami, prosciutto, bresaola, or smoked salmon.
  9. Don’t forget the crackers, bread, and toasts. Keep it simple; no chipotle-garlic flavored crackers.
  10. Add sweet fruit jam or honey to the mix for spooning over cheese and crackers.
  11. Spread out the spread. You can have 2 or 3 plates going at the same time, if it’s a larger party. Avoid the platter gridlock.
  12. Label the cheeses with a toothpick and sticker label.


Source: Chew Out Loud

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