We trust Antoni in the kitchen and are taking his lead with this one simple entertaining tip, just in time for Friendsgiving.

By Ananda Eidelstein
Updated November 16, 2018
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I met up with Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski just in time to ask about his top Friendsgiving advice, from simple entertaining tips to friendsgiving food ideas. He makes the balancing act of preparing food while entertaining guests so elegant and effortless—how can we do that, too? His response: serve a cheese board, always, so that guests can enjoy an appetizer while you finish working in the kitchen.

Antoni recommends putting out a Boursin cheese and elevating it with a topping of agrodolce (a sweet and sour spread), or some sour cherries, alongside nice crackers, crudité, and a crusty loaf of bread. Brie or camembert would work as well.

To assemble a cheese board for your Friendsgiving celebration, pull out a nice wooden board. Pick cheeses with a variety of flavors and textures, such as aged, firm, soft, or blue. Or pick by milk type: cow, sheep, or goat (the label will tell you or go chat with your cheesemonger!). And always pick one familiar cheese, think Cheddar or Manchego. Place them on the board and fill the gaps with grapes, nuts and dried fruit, olives, honey, and always serve with crackers (having gluten-free ones on hand is a bonus) and/or a sliced baguette. If you have some extra herbs such as rosemary, thyme, or sage, lay a bundle on last on the board as a nice garnish.

Now you can rest assured that while you’re wrapping up any loose ends as the Friendsgiving host, the guests are feeling jolly gathered around that cheese board. This video has more answers to WWAD? (What Would Antoni Do?) when it comes to simple entertaining tips for this holiday season.