Enjoy a European-style breakfast for a change with this Breakfast Cheese Board. A perfect combination of sweet and savory, there’s something for everybody, including easy homemade apple butter.
I love how easy it is to find international restaurants in most major cities in the United States now. With just a phone call or a Google search, you can find authentic Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Indian and Thai food, and so much more.
However, the one thing I don’t find here very often is a European-style breakfast. The first meal of the day is actually one of my favorite things about vacationing in Europe. While hotels there typically do also offer the American-style pancake, egg, sausage and hash brown-type breakfasts, they mainly focus on simple small items such as cheeses, charcuterie, fruit, honey, savory pastries and sometimes even salad.
I’m not a fan of sweet breakfast, so this arrangement is really ideal for me. A bit of cheese and charcuterie with a cup of espresso, and I’m ready for a long day of sightseeing.
I’m spreading the good word of breakfast cheese stateside with this Breakfast Cheese Board. Here, I combined the European traditions of cheese and honey with American classics like bacon, eggs and bloody marys.
I think there’s something on this board to please everyone, and fans of both sweet breakfast and savory breakfast will love the easy homemade apple butter. Made by simply cooking fresh Michigan apples with spices and lemon juice and then pureeing, it’s a versatile spread that pairs with almost everything else on the platter. Bread with apple butter and cheese? Yes! Bacon dipped in apple butter? Trust me, just try it.
For the Apple Butter:
- 2 Michigan Gala apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Pinch of kosher salt
For The Cheese Board:
- Apple butter
- Bagel chips
- 3-4 types of cheese (see Home Chef Tip)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Herbs for garnish, if desired (chives, rosemary, thyme, etc.)
- Honeycomb and/or honey
- Prosciutto and/or salami
- Raisin bread or any other bread, toasted if desired
- Sliced Michigan apples
- Make the Apple Butter: Place apples, lemon juice, water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt in medium saucepot; stir until well combined. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low. Cook 40 to 50 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed and apples are very brown and soft, stirring occasionally. Transfer mixture to blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve warm or transfer to covered container and refrigerate up to 5 days. Makes about 1 cup.
- Make the Breakfast Cheese Board: Arrange all items on platter or large cutting board. Serve with mimosas and bloody marys!
More Great Cheese Boards:
- Winter Cheese Board with German Beer Cheese Fondue – can’t go wrong with a pot of melted cheese!
- Summer Cheese & Charcuterie Board with Spicy Peach Chutney – creamy burrata + sweet peaches = love.
- Autumn Cheese Board with Ginger Pickled Figs – if you haven’t tried pickled figs yet, you need to!
- Cheese Board for Beer – pair with your favorite brews.
- Spring Cheese Board by What’s Gaby Cooking
- The Lighter Cheese Board by Half Baked Harvest
Disclosure: This was a paid guest post written by me on behalf of the Michigan Apple Committee. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.