While the holidays may look different this year there is one thing that remains constant: the comfort of being surrounded by those you love most and of course good eats! This holiday season, impress your guests with a charcuterie board! Carefully crafted and presented quite elegantly, a charcuterie board is essentially a fancy title for a meat and cheese board. Here are five easy steps to help you prepare the perfect appetizer!
1. Select Your Provisions.
Having a medley of diverse cured meats is the first step to create your cheese board. Aim for thinly sliced provisions such as prosciutto or peppered salami. Then try rolling the slices or layering them on your board. Typically these meats can be found at local specialty food stores including Healthy Living and City Market.
Photo Source: FN Sharp
2. Choose Your Cheese.
The next step is choosing your fromage. While it's hard to go wrong in this department, incorporating multiple contrasting textures will keep your board fun and interesting! Include artisanal cheeses like Isle La Motte’s Happy Bird Poultry Farm’s Smoked Seriously Sharp Cheddar slices and then mix in a softer cheese like Vermont Creamery’s herb goat cheese. For one stop shopping, check out Cheese and Wine Traders for a wide selection of local Vermont products.
Photo source: Happy Bird Poultry
3. Incorporate Fruit And Nuts.
Adding fruit to your charcuterie board not only provides a pop of color in your presentation but it creates a sweet mixture of flavor. Select fruit that goes with your cheeses of choice. Include an assortment of fresh and dried fruit then try to add a fruit spread or chutney! Test out Arbor Farmstead’s excellent selection of fruit preserves on their new online farmstand here.. Plus, don’t forget to add a mix of nuts in there...Do we dare suggest candied walnuts?
Photo source: Arbor Farmstead
4. Add Crackers and Bread
When making your decision on what crackers to incorporate, think about the type of cheese and meats you’ve selected. Vermont’s Castleton’s Crackers complement nicely with harder cheeses while hand crafted bread such as a seeded baguette from Wally's Place would be ideal to pair with your spreads or dips.
Photo source: Wally's Place
5. Compose Your Charcuterie Board
Finally, it’s time to assemble your ingredients into a beautiful meat and cheese board. First, we recommend using your largest cutting board or a sizable serving platter. Then layer the cheese and meats on top of each other and sprinkle the fruit and nuts in where you see fit. Additionally, you can use a small bowl if you have something like a creamy dip or olives. Include any necessary utensils such as cheese knife and garnish with an herb like rosemary or thyme for a pleasant aroma!
Photo source: A Dash of Megnut
Now pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back, marvel at your board, and dive in! Whether you're gathering with family at the holidays or going to housewarming parties charcuterie boards will be sure to amaze your company and their taste buds!
Photo source: Edyta via Eating European