How to Make a Fancy Cheese Tasting Plate

Make this easy cheese platter from Food Network Magazine for your next party.
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Photo By: Christina Holmes

Photo By: Christina Holmes

Tell friends to bring the wine — then set out this cool assortment of funky cheeses, bread, crackers and pear compote.

Epoisses de Bourgogne or any pungent, creamy, washed-rind cheese, such as Taleggio, will be a sure conversation starter.

Try Caerphilly or any semifirm cow's milk cheese, such as Tomme de Savoie.

Find out who likes piquant cheeses with a Bayley Hazen Blue or any sharp, nutty blue cheese, such as Roquefort.

Mix it up with a Valencay or any ash-covered goat cheese, such as Selles-sur-Cher.

Indulge in a Brillat-Savarin or any triple-cream cheese, such as St. Andre.

Dress up pears with vanilla and star anise for a homemade compote.

Get the Recipe: Pear Compote

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