1. Unique Dip for your Summer Cheese Plate

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    I am always looking for new ways to update my fabulous cheese boards. In the past I have gone crazy for salamis and prosciuttos {see here} and other times I have been all about the garnish {see here}, but today I went crazy for a new spreadable and dippable cheese. I have done the hummus and guacs, but spreadable cheese is a delish and creamy new addition which works well on crackers and with veggies. I teamed up with Alouette Cheese to bring this cheese board to life because their large dip packages  – which range from roasted red pepper flavors to basil, zucchini, and parmesan, are the perfect surprise addition to your party.

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    To create this picture perfect cheese platter, I started by creating a red pepper bowl to hold my Alouette’s Le Bon Roasted Red Pepper Dip. {Make by cutting the top off the pepper, scooping out the inside, and once clean, filling with the dip!}. I took out my Nambé Cheese Block with Knife & Spreader {seriously this was such a great engagement gift I use it endlessly!!} and placed the pepper in the center. I then added a wide assortment of dipping options. Cherry tomatoes {which I placed in a Waterford ellipse bowl} , fresh sliced yellow bell peppers, mini carrots, and water crackers. I also added small bowls of cashews and dates because I had just picked up some huge cartons at Costco!

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    For serving, I recommend choosing small serving plates {or canape plates} like my Green oyster shells as well as cute spreader knives {mine are by Julia Knight}. Then of course cute cocktail napkins – for summer I either use paper or linen! Hope you and your guests enjoy this delicious new appetizer idea!

    Thank you to Alouette Cheese for sponsoring this post.
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