Instant Italian Cheese Tray

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Make a ho-hum cheese tray spectacular with a few unexpected additions. One large wedge of cheese looks like you splurged, but it's actually less expensive than offering several smaller choices.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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  • Warm Fennel-Olive Saut√©
  • 1 (8-oz.) wedge fontina cheese
  • 2 Fuyu persimmons, sliced
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto
  • Sliced ciabatta bread


  1. 1. Arrange all ingredients on a large serving platter or cutting board.
  2. Party Tip: Fuyu persimmons, which are a beautiful red-orange fruit, are available in October through February. Shaped like a tomato, they have a super-sweet melon-like flavor. Fuyus should be eaten while still firm and crisp versus the Hachiya, another type that should be enjoyed when the fruit is very soft.
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