Eat. Charcuterie Board
To follow is a list of what we have on this crazy delicious board of ours:
Manchego (topped with a little truffle spread)
Goat cheese encased in blueberries
Asiago rosemary cheese
Pastrami (other good ones - salami, roast beef)
Smoked trout (we mixed in some lemon dill aoli, salt and pepper to make a spread)
Fig rosemary crackers
Olive bread (we got ours from the Fresh Market)
Red seedless grapes
Candied dried Oranges
Dried Figs (drizzled with spicy honey)
Marinated green beans
Spicy Thai Almonds
Spicy corn salsa
Pumpkin spread (canned pumpkin, spicy honey, spicy mustard seed) Note: this is the dark blob in the picture. We had high hopes for last minute thrown together homemade dip, but it was just meh. We will perfect this and post a recipe later.
Note: we also added hummus and roasted red and yellow peppers, but we thought that was better saved for a hummus dish. Still yum, but so many other fun things to focus on so it wasn’t a highlight!
Charcuterie boards are one of our favorite things. We literally threw this board of goodies together as an appetizer. We may have gone a little crazy and, no we never made it to dinner because we enjoyed almost every last bite. We can't say it's the prettiest or most well organized board, but it was still awesome. Our best non-professional charcuterie board putting together thoughts:
Your board is a reflection of things you like so go ahead and sprinkle all of the delicious things you like on the board and it will turn out amazing.
It may feel overwhelming to put together a charcuterie board, but it's really super easy and fun. Start with the basics like bread, crackers or both, cheeses and meats. THEEEEEN after that sprinkle in things like dried fruits, real fruit, veggies fresh and pickled, nuts, and the clincher -- things you dip and spread.
Cheese note: (2-3 is usually a good bet). A soft cheese like goat cheese or brie then a hard cheese or two is a good starting point. Safe cheeses are good to include especially if it's for a crowd. Safe cheeses might include (cheddar, manchego, brie), BUT then have some fun with a stinky cheese or a cheese that has a little flare - like the blueberry encased goat cheese displayed on the board. Don't be afraid to talk to the cheese man or woman at your grocery store -- you will likely be amazed at how much cheese knowledge they have (sometimes you'll find a charcuterie enthusiast full of suggestions). FUUUUNN.
In any event ---- goooo to the cheese section at your favorite grocery store now and get your charcuterie board on . . . have fun and enjoy! CK& TH