Have you been invited to another holiday gathering? Are you tired of Christmas cookies, heavy meals, rich foods, and sugary desserts? Are you ready for a lighter alternative to the classic holiday party dishes? Try a charcuterie board!
First, how do you pronounce this fancy word? Char-coo-ter-ree. Try it…Now you speak French! (Just kidding.)
Next, how do you assemble a charcuterie board? It’s not as difficult as you think!
- Find a large platter, tray, or cutting board.
- Gather together a variety of foods (cheese, some form of cracker, vegetables, fruits, meats, spreads, etc.).
- Begin placing items on the board. For example, you could place the cheddar cheese on the top right corner and mozzarella cheese on the bottom left corner. Line the carrots down the center of the platter. Pile deli meat in a free corner and some crackers in the other.
- Intersperse fruit, like grapes and strawberries and blueberries, in between the other items.
- Lastly, add small ramekins of dips, jams, or honey in between.
Be creative and artistic. There is no right or wrong way to do this! But beauty is an important element of every charcuterie board, so pair aesthetics with practicality.
Now you can bring healthy foods to that holiday party (which everyone will greatly appreciate), clarify the proper pronunciation of this word among your friends, and contribute a platter of beauty to the tables laden with festive foods.
- Cheeses: cheddar, goat, mozzarella, parmesan, brie, gouda, etc,
- Meats: pepperoni, sausage, summer sausage, prosciutto, ham/turkey/chicken/roast beef deli cuts
- Crackers: chips, pretzels, bread
- Fruits: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, apple wedges, orange slices, pear wedges, dried fruits
- Vegetables: bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, celery, broccoli
- Spreads: jam, jelly, preserves, honey, butter
- Nuts: individual varieties or mixed nuts
- Mix and match the items onto a large platter, tray, or cutting board.
Be creative! Make your board beautiful.
Gather like items together, except for fruit - use fruit to fill in the gaps (even if you have 3 separate piles instead of one).