Simple delightful hour d'oeuvres

Mary Yost Culinary Connection is a place for you to come and enjoy the nuances of my life’s journey with food, through my cooking and dining experiences, into my world of entertaining.


Christmas is here, so I’m creating my holiday menus and thinking about how to keep it simple this year. Typically, I host a holiday open house with a heavy hors d’ oeuvres buffet. My family and friends are invited to enjoy leisurely time together and share in culinary delights that I’ve created for this special yearly tradition.


There are a few staples on my menu every year, one of which is a gourmet cheese plate.


To begin, I love using a few interesting cheeses--hard sharp cheeses, soft creamy ones, and always the staple blue cheese. For types of cheese, I always try to incorporate a goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, and a cow’s milk varietal. Next, I choose a simple fruit. A large bunch of green or red grapes or figs, and sometimes a dried fruit can be a nice addition.


To finish it off, I add sliced breads and crackers in a basket, a little jam on the side, and keep it simple. The end result is festive and easy for guests to enjoy!