Should I consider it a compliment that, amongst my friends, I’m referred to as the cheese platter guru? I’d like to think so. After all, cheese is my jam. I take far too much enjoyment assembling platters of all kinds for parties and gatherings – but truthfully, cheese is always the most fun. I love experimenting with different varieties of cheeses, artisanal crackers and seasonal fruits. It keeps those guests on their toes! So without doubt, I’ll be responsible for hors d’oeuvres this Thanksgiving. The crazy cheese lady has got this . . .

Fall-Inspired Cheese Platter by HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

My go-to components for fall-inspired cheese platter are nuts, persimmons, pomegranates, crisp apples and a new favorite: roasted chestnuts! They’re soft, sweet and such a lovely compliment to cheese and wine. I score the tops of the chestnuts with a paring knife and toss them on the grill over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. I’m lucky enough to live close to an amazing cheese store, which has inspired me to change up the cheese selection each time. I’m currently loving a hardy French cheese called Mimolette. It has a distinctly bright orange color and has a sharp, nutty and slightly sweet flavor. I’m also opting for Camembert in lieu of Brie. It has a more earthy and intense flavor, which pairs nicely with warm honey and thyme. Do you guys have any favorite elements you love adding to a cheese platter? We’d love to know!

Fall-Inspired Cheese Platter by HonestlyYUM (honestlyyum.com)

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