The $10 Cheese Plate

The $10 Cheese Plate for a party, by Cheap Recipe Blog

I absolutely love entertaining. I would throw a party every week if I could. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time (or money!) to do that. Thankfully, there are countless ways to throw a great get-together without spending a lot of money.

I had some friends over the other night for appetizers and sangria. I wanted to challenge myself to come up with an appetizer spread, namely a cheese plate, for less than $10. Here’s how I did it:

  • I made homemade crackers, which cost about 50 cents for a large batch
  • I shopped at ALDI
  • I kept the menu simple: Two cheeses, two dippers, and grapes
  • I avoided expensive cheeses. If you are on a budget, stick to less costly (but still tasty) cheeses.

The $10 Cheese Plate, from Cheap Recipe Blog

The Cost

  • Homemade crackers  – $.50
  • Salami crackers (recipe below) – $2.99  from ALDI
  • Habanero-horseradish cheese slices – $2.49 from ALDI
  • Homemade cheese – $3.00
  • Grapes – $.99

Total cost for entire cheese plate: $9.97


Homemade Cheese

I recently bought a new cookbook: One-Hour Cheese by Claudia Lucero

The book is as amazing as it sounds. It is full of easy homemade cheese recipes that are categorized by easy, easier, and easiest. This fromage facil took about 20 minutes to make, start to finish. It was delicious. Very mild and creamy. I will absolutely be making this cheese again.

I would highly recommend checking out this cookbook if you are interested in making your own cheese at home.

Homemade cheese and homemade crackers
This is the entire spread (below), which ended up being way too much for five people. Truth be told, I ended up spending more on my party because I made a few extra items: homemade Irish soda bread, a Brie cheese appetizer, sangria slushies, and some watermelon.

A bunch of party appetizers for right around $10, from Cheap Recipe Blog

 

How To Make Salami Crackers

The salami crackers served as sort of an alternative cracker on the cheese plate. They couldn’t be easier to make. Simply place salami slices in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry salami slices for a couple of minutes, turning half way through. Press down on any “bubbles” that form during frying to ensure even cooking. The salami crackers are crisp and stand up to dipping.


 

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2 Responses to “The $10 Cheese Plate”

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    Eileen — May 27, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    This cheese plate looks great! I like to make labneh, or yogurt cheese, for a cheap & tasty option–just drain plain full-fat yogurt in a fine-mesh nylon sieve overnight, season with some pepper and maybe herbs, and you have a soft, spreadable cheese. I’m super interested to check out that cheese cookbook too!

    • Haley replied: — May 29th, 2014 @ 3:26 am

      Ooh, the labneh sounds intriguing. I may have to give that a try, since I’m on a cheese kick anyway!

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