Pregnant people rejoice! We can indulge in soft, creamy cheeses while housing these alien life forms inside our bellies. Hurrah! Enter: the pregnancy cheese platter.
There seem to be so many rules to keep in mind while pregnant. Foods and substances to avoid at all costs, some to proceed with caution, and some that we need to seek out and get more of to help the growing babies taking up residence inside us and generally wreaking havoc on everything. I personally have decided to err on the side of caution when it comes to all these dos and donts.
I have avoided caffeine, alcohol, sushi, runny eggs, unpasteurized foods, and deli meats. For the most part it has been very easy to avoid everything on the Do Not Eat list. I don’t miss or crave most of these foods. However, one of the foods I do miss and crave almost daily is sushi, and another is cheese of any kind, especially soft ones. I want to eat brie with prosciutto, honey, and a baguette at least weekly.
Thankfully, my best friend happened upon a soft cheese that is even better than brie. Fromager D’Affinois is practically a brie, but the one I can find locally here in Southern California is made with pasteurized cheese, making it totally acceptable for a preggo to eat. That preggo can even eat the entire wedge with a baguette after dinner if they so desire.
So what makes a Pregnancy Cheese Platter different?
While pregnant, we are advised to avoid any unpasteurized products. This information will always be listed on the ingredients label. Luckily for those residing in the US, most of our cheese products here are pasteurized. Still, always double check the label.
Charcuterie is not allowed on this cheese platter. All meats must be cooked for pregnant people prior to consumption to avoid the risk of listeriosis. Prosciutto, parma, and salami are all cured, not cooked. Sad face. You can get around this by heating your cured meats to steaming before eating, if that sort of thing is your jam.
Feel free to enjoy all the other cheese platter accompaniments, though! Nuts, honey, olives, dried fruits, fresh fruits, breads, these are all allowable and most are actually foods you want to eat more of while pregnant.
Don’t forget about your cravings! This is a pregnancy cheese platter, after all. The preggo who gets to consume this beauty absolutely should have some favorite cravings included. And aversions avoided! Am I right?
What else do I serve with a Pregnancy Cheese Platter?
Definitely serve a sparkling virgin sangria so your pregnant guests can have a tasty beverage. This cheese platter, like all others, is the perfect addition to any party where pregnant people may be present.
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Enjoy all the pasteurized soft cheeses with all the non-meat accompaniments you can get your hands on during your 9-10 month forced sobriety and avoidance of many delicious foods. What off-limits foods do you miss the most?
- 1 wedge Fromager D'Affinois
- 1 wedge manchego cheese
- 6 mini babybel cheeses
- 1 package cheddar moon cheese
- tropical dried fruit mix
- fig spread
- Use a large cutting board or other serving tray to decoratively arrange all your cheeses and accompaniments.
- Pre-slice the baguette and hard cheeses.
- Set up your cheese platter 1 hour prior to serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 32Total Fat: 3gProtein: 2g