Way before we had kids, David and I went out pretty often, and even though we enjoyed a night on the town, one of our favorite date nights was staying in and doing a wine and cheese night. It’s something that is so simple and if you were to order a cheese platter at a restaurant it usually costs an average of $15 and hardly has enough food on it to satisfy one person. And a glass of wine (not on happy hour) typically starts out at about $8.
So once we had kids the going out so much came to a halt, but the wine and cheese nights didn’t have to stop. I’m not lying when I say it is genuinely one of my favorite dinnertime meals, and I’m pretty sure David would agree. It’s a great way to feel like you’re out, but way cheaper and you can pick and choose everything you want.
Here’s what we have found works for our cheese platters. We usually go to HEB and get about a quarter of a pound of salami, thinly sliced, this is enough for the night and a little left over to snack on throughout the week. They usually have a couple different varieties, ask for a sample if you don’t already know what you like. If you want you could also get some prosciutto, I’m not a big fan of it, but really any cured meat is great. For two people though I think one meat is usually enough.
Next, our HEB actually has a really good cheese variety so we have lots to choose from, but we usually just get two very different types at a time. The different textures really make the meal more enjoyable rather than eating two of the same thing. If you’re going to have a date night at home, you have to mix it up! There are so many choices, but we usually like a Brie, cheddar, Gouda, Parmesan-Reggiano, or a blue cheese. There are soooo many choices, that’s just what we like.
We then typically get some type of rustic bread and toast it up a little. Of course, just plain fresh bread is good, even when it’s not toasted. Some water crackers are nice too, you can add bread and crackers or just choose one or the other. Almonds or whatever kind of nut you like are always good as well.
Clearly, there are lots of salty items here, so we usually slice up a pear and serve that as well. Grapes are also a good option. I have to say though, the “icing on the cheese” is HONEY. I’m telling you, if you haven’t added honey to your cheese plate, you’ve been missing out! If you want a magical happy dance to happen in your mouth, here’s how to layer the perfect bite: Bread, cheese, salami, pear, and drizzle with honey. Let me just say right now, “You’re welcome.”
Now, no wine and cheese night would be complete without the wine. My taste buds change, but right now I’m on a big Argentinian Malbec kick. I know certain cheeses are supposed to be paired with certain wines, but lets be realistic, we’re having a wine and cheese night while our kids are sleeping in the next room! We aren’t that fancy! Get what you like, sip, gulp, be happy! Oh and wine and cheese night for David, in actuality is beer and cheese night. So don’t let the “wine” part scare your husband if that’s not his kind of thing. Also, if you don’t drink, no worries! Get yourself a bottle of a sparkling juice, it gives you the same effect.
Oh and just for the fun of it, we usually serve all of ours on a wooden cutting board, just to make it feel a little fancier.
Hopefully this inspires you to add a little excitement to your nights at home. Whether it’s a date night or you just need a little special alone time, you’re going to love wine and cheese nights! Feel free to comment below on what you like at your wine and cheese night.