It’s almost Thanksgiving and we could not be more excited! If you have been following along all week, we’ve shared our favorite items for a cheerful table, a decorative table DIY, a colorful salad, a secret family recipe, and now an easy to pull together cheese tray that embraces fall flavors.
We know pumpkin is the token flavor for fall, but nothing says crisp leaves and the first sight of scarves+boots like apples. We built our tray around this under appreciated fall flavor and it was a total hit! Pumpkin spice who?!
Easy appetizers should keep your guests pleased and occupied in case you need to devote your attention elsewhere. We love the effortless cleanup/under 5 min prep so you can leave it out, and not have to worry about refilling.
WHAT WE USED:
– Honeycrisp Apples
– Salted Vanilla Caramels
– Spiced Pecans
– Sliced + Toasted Artisan Bread
– J.K.’s Scrumpy Hard Cider
The Hostess Cutting Board served as our guide and we used sliced Honeycrisp apples as our vehicle. Rub a small lemon on the slices to prevent your apples from browning as quickly. For cheese we chose Gouda since it’s a crowd-pleasing favorite and also brings out the flavor in the apples and cider. For sweet we picked up some salted vanilla caramels at our favorite local cafe, Joan’s on Third. Of course you could make your own, but if your Thanksgiving is like ours, it will positively have more pressing kitchen matters! We also picked up some spiced nuts at Joan’s, but there is an easy recipe to recreate them here.
To cover all your bases, it’s never a bad idea to provide bread. We like to purchase a loaf of fresh baked artisan bread at Whole Foods, slice then drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with Himalayan pink salt and toast until slightly browned.
Providing bottles of cider is perfect for the cocktail-challenged. By choosing large bottles and providing small glasses (find them here), you can help your guests pace themselves 😉 even if it technically isn’t the proper glassware. Thanksgiving is a marathon, not a sprint! J.K.’s Scrumpy Hard Cider can be purchased at Whole Foods and is organic + quite tasty with this combination.
If you try our fall cheese plate, tag #landgathome because we would love to see!
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DIY and photos by Allyson Fulcher for Lulu & Georgia