This easy charcuterie board is the perfect appetizer for the upcoming Holiday Season. The key to making the best charcuterie board is using variety and to create a balance of flavors and textures. Best of all, you can customize this easy charcuterie board to accommodate any food allergy.
Keep reading to find out more about this wildly popular appetizer.
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Pronounced (shar-koo-tuh-ree), it's a French term that means cured meats, or the process of curing. A charcuterie board is basically a display of cured meats. These boards have gained popularity in recent years and now include displaying meats, cheeses, and flavorful accompaniments such as fruits, olives, nuts, crackers, and spreads.Find the perfect board for your display HERE (paid Amazon link).
Any cured meat will work for this easy charcuterie board. Some examples include summer sausage, salami, prosciutto, calabrese salami, ham, chorizo, etc. These can all be found at your local grocery store. Many brands now carry gluten, and dairy-free, meats. Check the labels and ingredients carefully.
Using a variety of cheeses for your board is a great way to incorporate flavors and textures. The cheeses can be displayed in cubes, slices, or wedges. Some examples include cheddar, swiss, provolone, gouda, blue cheese, brie, or goat cheese. Note: These brands make dairy-free cheese slices, and/or wedges, Follow Your Heart, Treeline, Kitehill, Daiya, and Miyoko.
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Try using fresh fruits such as apples, grapes, and berries, or dried fruits such as apricots, dates, and mangos.
Olives, crackers, and bread are great additions to a charcuterie board.
If you are able add nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, and pistachios.
Also add dips or fruit spreads like ranch dip, honey mustard, hummus, or jams. Try my Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce with this charcuterie board recipe.
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Chocolates are also a wonderful way to add flavor to your charcuterie board. My favorite is Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mega Chunk Chocolate Chips (paid Amazon link).
There are so many unique possibilities when making an easy charcuterie board. Try a themed board such as a Halloween charcuterie board, a fall board, or a Christmas board. Other ideas include a summer board or even just making an easy charcuterie board for dinner one night.
To create a themed board, incorporate sweet, savory, salty, and/or spicy ingredients using seasonal foods. That's it. Get as fancy or casual as you want.
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Blessings, Laura xo