It’s no secret in my family that I love cheese. My husband likes to tell a story about the first time his family ate spaghetti with me that involved half a can of Parmesan cheese. But that’s a story for another day. Anyway, out of my love for cheese and the discovery of one of our, now, favorite stores came Pretentious Cheese night.
I don’t exactly recall our first Pretentious Cheese Night, but the legend lives on. Normally it is spontaneous and comes about when we see a fancy or pretentious looking cheese at the grocery store and we shape the rest of the night around it.
This time I actually went looking for my fancy cheeses, and this is what I came up with.
The first platter is an original Swiss Gruyere. I’m not all that familiar with Gruyere but this one reminds me of Parmesan. Which I love, so it was a win. It has a very strong taste so I decided to pair it with smoked almond, pecans, olives and salami.
(Normally I would include some crackers, but I’m trying to loose my baby weight. Wish me luck!)
The second tray is a super yummy Cranberry Cheddar. I am all over this cheese. It is more mild than the Gruyere but still flavorful and super yummy.
On this tray I included walnuts, apples, and dried cherries. The combination of cherry and cranberry was delicious.
Add a few Shirley temples and an hour or two of binge watching Frasier, and you’ve got yourself a pretentious cheese night!