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What came first... the cheese or the sweet?

missmacc Dec 16, 2011 07:35 PM

Which is the most common and/or preferred?
Should I serve a cheese platter and then a sweet dessert?
Or sweet and then cheese?

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    Harters RE: missmacc Dec 17, 2011 02:56 AM

    In the UK, the common way is sweet then cheese.

    However, that's not our preference and we always do it the opposite way round, as the French do.

    Dessert before cheese simply doesnt make sense to me - going from a savoury main course to a sweet, then back to savoury.

    1. BobB RE: missmacc Dec 20, 2011 08:37 AM

      Cheese before sweet works for my palate.

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        Maximilien RE: missmacc Dec 20, 2011 09:58 AM

        Cheese before dessert.

        Depending on the what is the dessert, the quantity (selection) of cheese offered is most important, and what will be served with the cheese(s).

        If you decide to have more than 1 chesse, then it might be more practical to offer fruit/nut bread and nuts and dried and fresh fruits with the cheeses, and that will replace the dessert.

        If you only serve 1 _good_ cheese (what I usually do), to finish up the bread, then you can serve a more substantial dessert.

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          Harters RE: Maximilien Dec 20, 2011 10:09 AM

          I agree. Much better to serve a single cheese and perfectly match the accompaniments than the more common selection of cheeses.

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          missmacc RE: missmacc Dec 20, 2011 01:51 PM

          Thanks all - I will go with sweet then cheese! Much appreciated!

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          1. re: missmacc
            BobB RE: missmacc Dec 20, 2011 01:54 PM

            Go for it, you contrarian, you!

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