What are You Putting on Your Thanksgiving Cheese Plate?

One of the biggest questions swirling around the internet’s cheese circles this week is, “What are you putting on your Thanksgiving cheese plate?”

There are so many possible answers to that question, especially depending on where in the US you live.

Last year, I wrote a post teaching you how to build your own Thanksgiving cheese board.

This year, I thought it might not hurt to share what people in the Seattle area are buying to put on theirs.

I’ve had some people come in with very specific cheese agendas.

One person said they were going to have Mimolette, Humboldt Fog, and Rogue River Blue on their cheese board. Another person wanted a white cheddar, a light and fresh-tasting chèvre, and Gruyère for hers.

And then there are tons of people who have no idea other than they want something that goes well with crackers and salami—which is everything, really.

I’d say the top sellers out of our case so far this week have been the following:

  • Le Chatelain Brie
  • Brie de Nangis
  • Woolwich Triple Cream Goat Brie
  • Humboldt Fog
  • Fresh Chevre (take your pick—just about every variety, especially plain/not flavored)
  • Taleggio
  • Double Cream Gouda
  • Ferndale Farmstead Creamery Fontina
  • Old Irish Creamery Porter Cheddar
  • Somerdale Cotswold
  • Iberico
  • P’tit Basque
  • Cave-Aged Gruyère
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Colston Basset Stilton
  • Rogue River Blue

This is a generalization, of course, but I know that sometimes it helps to know what everyone else is buying in order to make a decision. Sometimes that’s just the way to decide what NOT to buy, so that you have something different on your board from all the others.

What are some cheeses I might encourage you to buy this year that are not on that list?

  • Burrata
  • Delice d’Argental
  • Le Pommier Camembert
  • Jasper Hill’s Harbison
  • Brebirousse d’Argental
  • Cypress Grove’s Truffle Tremor
  • Creamery 333’s Tricycle
  • Spring Brook Farm’s Tarentaise
  • Époisses
  • Rogue River Smokey Blue
  • Cascadia Creamery Glacier Blue

The best course of action will be to ask your cheesemonger for help, whether you have a good idea what you want or not. She or he will be able to give you samples, help you choose from what the shop has in stock, and make sure you have enough cheese to serve all your people.

Plus, your cheesemonger will be able to point you to the right accompaniments, pairings, and crackers.

Happy shopping!

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