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|Cheese: Gruyere, Manchego, St. Andre | Truffle Honey | Bubbly | Cocktail Napkins | Bamboo Skewers | Chocolate: With Chili, With Sea Salt | Fig Chutney | Pepper Jelly | Club Soda | Tonic Water | Marcona Almonds | Carr's Water Crackers | Roasted Red Peppers | Olives: Garlic Stuffed, Kalamata | Charcuterie|
Cheese: Keep several cheeses stocked including a soft cheese, like a St. Andre or Brie, as well as semi-soft cheese like Manchego and harder cheeses like Gruyere or Parmesan.
Olives: Fresh olives from a help yourself olive bar are great, but I find having a few jars of Kalamata or garlic stuffed olives in the cupboard helps me out when I forget to pick up fresh ones.
Truffle Honey: This might not seem like a necessity to most, but once you have tried it you will understand. It makes any cracker/ cheese combo DIVINE! It is definitely worth every penny.
Bubbly: It doesn't have to be Champagne as it can be expensive. Try Cava or Prosecco or even a dry sparkling wine. Trader Joe's offers some great, low priced options of all of these.
Accessories: I'll go into this more with a separate post, but always have cute cocktail napkins on hand as well as bamboo skewers so guests can easily use your cheese platter.
Tonic & Club Soda: These will basically help you make any highball, especially when paired with lemon or lime and a dash of bitters... voila fancy cocktail at your fingertips. I'll also do a separate post on bar essentials so stay tuned for that.
What are some of your pantry essentials for easy entertaining in a pinch?