Who says cheese boards have to be fancy and formal? Add a dose of fun with these playful cracker topping combinations by MacKenzie Smith, the chef/writer for the blog GrilledCheese social.com, for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. They’re perfect for all ages.
Tip: Crackers come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and flavors. Select styles according to the cheeses being served – simple water crackers with light-flavored cheeses, heartier wheat or multi-grain crackers with bolder cheeses.
PBJ & Curd
Spread a layer of peanut butter on a cracker. Top with a dollop of your favorite jelly and a fresh Wisconsin cheese curd.
Colby Jack Ham Twist
Place a square slice of Wisconsin Colby-jack on a cracker. Top with a sweet pickle slice and deli ham, rolled up and thinly sliced.
Spread Wisconsin mascarpone over a cracker and top with sliced banana, crushed salted peanuts and a drizzle of honey. Your guests will say, “thank you, thank you very much.”
Mix 1 cup Wisconsin ricotta with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Spread on a cracker and cover with sprinkles.
Spread chocolate hazelnut spread over a cracker and top with a piece of Wisconsin brie and sliced strawberry.
Top a cracker with Wisconsin mascarpone and a generous sprinkle of crushed peppermint candy pieces.
Candy Apple Camembert
Spread apple butter on a cracker and top with a slice of Wisconsin camembert and red hot candies.
Top a cracker with a slice of smoked gouda, a small square of dark chocolate and dried pineapple.
For more cheese pairings and serving ideas, check out Grate. Pair. Share., an online magazine all about cooking and entertaining with Wisconsin cheese.