If anyone knows me, you know I’m the queen of charcuterie boards! I create them for pretty much any occasion and well with the holidays quickly approaching I thought I would share a few tips on how to create the ultimate holiday charcuterie board for your next party! Frankly, the charcuterie boards I create tend to be a meal in itself. Am I right?!
There is something so stunning about a beautifully executed cheese board! It simply comes down to all its accompaniments and here’s how you can do the same:
1. Pile It On!!
You can never have too much on one plate! The more, the merrier! If it overflows it’s quite alright because it will certainly get eaten up!!
2. Disperse The Colors!
Find cheeses that vary in color from a crumbly Blue Stilton, a rich salty Gouda, to a mild Manchego with a red rind. Don’t forgot your meats and all those jams, nuts, berries and pickles to add those pops of color.
3. Match The Cheese To The Spreads They Pair Well With!
It will encourage your guests to explore the tastes of the board in ways they might have not thought to! I love a good fig spreed with Trader Joe’s Caramelized Onion Cheddar Cheese. Yes, it is a thing!! Get creative with your pairings! Think savory and sweet!
4. Add Depth Where Ever You Can!
The best way to do this is to mix the types of boards and cheese domes you are using and sizing of your decorative elements, like herbs, greens, whole fruits and vegetables. We incorporated a pair of vintage snow shoes to create texture and depth in our display. Think outside the box, friends!
5. Use Many Different Textures In Your Boards, Decor And Food Choices!
When on the hunt for charcuterie boards, I always look for marble, wood, slate, glass and other unique stands that you can mix and match to create a story with your display. Every cheese and meat has a different look, taste and texture! Always remember to have a few of each. Make sure you have some that are very hard Parmesan like cheeses to semi-soft Cheddars to gooey Fromage Pavés!
Pour yourself a nice glass of red wine, sit back, relax and simply enjoy!!