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Ham, Country Pâté and Cheese Platter


  • 2 small pieces goat cheese (3-4 ounces each), fresh or aged, formed in logs or discs, coated in ash, herbs or plain

  • 1 small wheel Camembert, Livarot or Pont-l'Eveque cheese (4 inches), available in the specialty cheese case at the grocery store

  • 1/3 pound Gruyère or Comté cheese

  • 1/2 pound slice of country-style pâté

  • 1 jar cornichon or baby gherkin pickles, drained

  • Stone ground mustard

  • 1/2 pound mild cooked ham or prosciutto cotto

  • 1 package thin bread sticks

  • 1/2 pound seedless red grapes, broken into small bunches

  • 1 loaf French baguette, cut into pieces


Arrange cheeses and pâté on a cutting board or platter. Place cornichons and mustard in ramekins and add to board or platter. Wrap a slice of ham around each of several bread sticks and add to platter. Tuck in grapes among cheeses and ham-wrapped bread sticks. Add cut bread to the platter, soft cheese spreaders and a cheese knife and serve the board or platter by passing at the table.