Clouds fill the sky, dancing with the wind and the sun, interrupting my normal Sunday baking routine. Today, I just want to mozy about, aimless as the clouds, happy as the intermittent sunlight bursting through.
So this one’s for lazy Sundays relaxing on the porch swing. For simple gatherings with a dry Spanish wine. For stormy weather, April showers, May flowers or the bright summer sun. With a creamy bitter cheese, marbled deli meat, rich violet grapes and fresh rosemary greens, this no cook, assembly only platter is an easy way to entertain in a pinch!
Jamón Serrano – This thinly sliced “ham from the mountains” is a dry cured Spanish ham with a paprika twist.
Manchego – Originating from the La Mancha region of Spain, this sharp, buttery cheese takes its name from the manchega sheep whose milk provides the basis for our queso espanol.
Uvas Negras – A perfect choice for vegetarians, black seedless grapes pair beautifully with manchego cheese and bread. Or choose a sweet apple variety like Shakespeare suggests.
Miel de Vainilla – a nice way to tame manchego’s bite.
Romero – pungent rosemary to accentuate the jamón serrano.
Ritz Crackers...ahum. So American. But the all butter Ritz Cracker is actually my first choice for this platter. But since we’re going for a Spanish flare, I suppose we’ll switch to…
Pan Rustico Español – Pick something that is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste
- 2 slices jamon serrano, cut in half
- 1 small bunch of black seedless grapes, cleaned and dried
- 1 small sprig of fresh rosemary
- 2-3 slices of Manchego cheese
- 3-5 Ritz crackers or 1" slices of rustic bread
- Vanilla Honey, for drizzling
- Stir the vanilla paste and the honey together. Store in an airtight container.
- Assemble the platter and enjoy!