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Expected? Perhaps. Worth doing anyway? Definitely.

This Thursday, it's only appropriate to highlight some of our country's best cheesemakers on an All-American Thanksgiving cheese plate. And the best thing about a cheese platter is that there's absolutely no cooking involved (unless you're making your own, that is), so you'll be able to focus on everything else.

All that needs to go into a cheese platter is a bit of thought and perhaps a theme. Lucky for you, we've picked one for you.

Here, a roundup of some of our favorite American cheeses we've covered in the past, many of them due in part to Patrick, our departed former cheesemonger!

American cheeses that warrant a spot on your table this year:

Happy Thanksgiving from The Cheesemonger!

Related: Question for the Cheesemonger: What Kind of Cheese Can I Make with my Rennet?

(Image: Nora Singley for the Kitchn.)