No matter the plans you have to ring in the new year, a cheeseboard always has a place at the party. Back when life was normal, I loved to plan a party noshing menu around a cheeseboard. It’s an elegant and satisfying way to feed a group and allows room for a few other dishes to round out the offerings without so much cooking.
A great cheeseboard can be made of a few basic, go-to items, and then filled out with rotating accompaniments like seasonal fruit or a new brined item. I love that a cheeseboard looks so appealing and awe-inspiring, but can be assembled right out of the fridge, 10 minutes before your guests are scheduled to arrive.
Growing up, we would plan our New Year’s Eve “party” for our family and a few friends and go totally overboard on the snacks. No joke, we would completely outnumber appetizers to people at least 2 to 1. We loved to fill the dining room table with all sorts of different dishes, and when I say fill, I mean it. We never had a free corner on the table. And each year when we planned the menu, the first item that always made the list was a cheeseboard and baked brie.
Now, before I share the easiest, most delicious recipe for baked brie, I want to share with you the “formula” for an epic cheeseboard.
This little tidbit of information will help you to create an awesome spread no matter if you’re feeding 3 in your quarantine bubble, or 13 in post-covid times (because it will happen! Phew!).
I truly don't know what it is, but baked brie to me is the epitome of a New Year’s Eve appetizer. I hardly make it any other time of year, and when I do, I am instantly nostalgic for the holiday season.
I guess it’s that it feels hearty and warming, comforting and festive. Plus, it’s a total crowd pleaser and pretty easy to make. Especially with any leftover pie dough, you may have in the freezer from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.