Modern cheese platter

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PREP TIME

5 min

Makes

4 to 6 servings with 1/3 cup (75 mL) sauce

* PLUS Cooking time: 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup port
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • wedges Stilton , brie and cheddar
  • 1 cup mixed or smoked nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries , optional
  • 6 dried figs , thinly sliced
  • 1 large bunch grapes
  • crackers , sliced baguette or flatbread

Instructions

  • In a small frying pan, stir port with honey and vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium. Stir often until thick and syrupy, 8 to 10 minutes. Sauce will keep well, covered at room temperature, up to 2 days.
  • To serve, bring cheeses to room temperature. Toss nuts with cranberries and figs. Place cheeses on a platter or board and nut mixture in a bowl. Snip grapes into small bunches and add to platter with crackers. Drizzle a little sauce over cheeses, then pour remainder into a bowl and serve on the side. Provide plates for guests to place an assortment of nibbles. Don’t forget napkins.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 85,
  • Protein
  • 0.1 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.6 g,

Instead of overwhelming your budget with a big platter of cheeses, dress up two of your faves (one hard, one soft) with nuts, fruit and a drizzle of balsamic-infused port sauce for a dramatic display.