The Ultimate Cooper Cheese Entertaining Platter

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Is juggling your thing? Stand-up comedy? Maybe lion taming? Then an entertainment platter is just right for … wait … oh, not that kind of entertainment? Got it. So you’re having a party. Inviting droves of friends and acquaintances, and you want to impress. You know what you need? The Ultimate Cooper Cheese Entertaining Platter. Because anything called “ultimate” is sure to knock their socks off. Even if you’re not a very entertaining person. Just kidding, you’re a hoot and everyone knows it.

INGREDIENTS

1 jar of assorted Mediterranean olives, drained
1 1/2 pounds Cooper Sharp White cheese, some thickly sliced, some cubed
1 1/2 pound Cooper Sharp Yellow cheese, some thickly sliced, some cubed
10–12 thin slices prosciutto
10–12 slices hard salami
1 cucumber, sliced
1/2 cup dried apricots
assorted fruits & veggies (such as cherries, grapes, cucumber slices, sugar snap peas, fresh yellow and red peppers)
raspberry preserves
assorted trail mix with chocolate candies
1 sleeve of your favorite artisan crackers
toasted French bread slices
parsley sprigs for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Prepare 3 small dishes or ramekins separately with the olives, raspberry preserves and trail mix. Place them onto a platter or serving board.

Place the Cooper Cheese slices and cubes in various spots within the platter.

Fold each hard salami slice in half, then in half again. Pierce the folded salami pieces with bamboo entertaining picks/skewers and place next to one of the bowls.

Layer the prosciutto in a small pile on the platter.

Clean the cherries, grapes and sugar snap peas. Clean and slice the cucumbers and peppers. Place the fruit and veggies into open spots within the platter.

Add the dried apricots.

Add little piles of artisan crackers and toasted bread slices.

Garnish the platter with fresh parsley sprigs.

With all that deliciousness in one place, it’s sure to get snapped up fast. So be sure to stay a step ahead of your hungry friends and replenish that platter throughout the evening!