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a board with cheeses, crackers, pretzels, and grapes
(Clockwise from top-left) Amelia's spicy pimento cheese, Caprini Creamery's goat cheese, Eat Surreal's plant-based cheese, and Tulip Tree Creamery's fluffy herb cheese.

Photo by Tony Valainis

a board with cheeses, crackers, pretzels, and grapes
(Clockwise from top) Caprini Creamery’s goat cheese with chives, Eat Surreal’s almost-Everything plant-based cheese, Tulip Tree Creamery’s fluffy herb cheese, and Amelia’s spicy pimento cheese.

Who needs a cheeseball when these creamy versions are a cracker’s best friend?

Chevre With Chives

There are fancier applications for Caprini Creamery’s dense and delightfully tart farmstead goat cheese. But slathering it on a bagel chip is like discovering a next-level cream cheese.

Pimento Cheese

Amelia’s adds paprika, pickled peppers, cayenne pepper, and chipotle puree to its extra-chunky version of Southern caviar with a kick.

Amazeball Spread

Beneath an almost-Everything crust of poppy and sesame seeds, this nut- and gluten-free cracker topper from Broad Ripple’s Eat Surreal holds its own as a deliciously convincing plant-based snack. 

Fromage Frais

Tulip Tree Creamery makes this European-style fresh cheese that’s flecked with herbs and fluffy enough to scoop straight from the container like chip dip.