Sunday, April 11, 2010

I Love Small Plates

Who invented small plates anyway? They get my vote for the best idea ever.

Many restaurants now offer small plates – those shareable items that typically are cheaper than appetizers.

I like to try a lot of different things and small plates are a perfect way to get a feel for what a restaurant’s menu is all about.

I also do a lot of small plates at home. Sometimes it’s great to load up a little plate and have just a bite of some of your favorite foods. Just a bite!

Here is a small plate that I do when the weekend comes and I want to savor the taste of great cheese and fruit with a cold glass of Chardonnay.

Just in case you don’t know what Cambozola is, it is a mild and subtle blue-veined cheese that is perfect for those looking for a blue cheese that is neither pungent (like a Stilton), nor crumbly (like a Roquefort). I love Blue cheese and this is my new favorite.

Crowd it on your plate with a little smoked Gouda, lots of berries, a little eggplant Caponata (also a favorite since I had it at the Purple Pig and have been trying to recreate it ever since) and some fresh baked crusty bread.

Can you eat dinner after you have filled up on all of this? Seems like a lot but it isn’t.

Bon Appetit!