How to Make Charcuterie & Cheese Board

Whether tailgating or having friends over for dinner, creating a Charcuterie & Cheese Board will curb hunger pangs. Basically creating a pretty presentation with deli meats and variety of cheeses make this appetizer platter hard to resist. Red, green and purple grapes, spreads like fig, honey, pepper jelly, and assorted crackers and breads round out the tapas.

Charcuterie is a French term meaning cured meats, it is a fun word to say too…(shahr-cute-uh-ree).  See I told you it was fun to say.  What made this special appetizer board special was the board it was served on.  You can make your own Charcuterie and Cheese Board.  See instructions here.   

Make your Charcuterie and Cheese board what you and your guests love.  For our tailgate and Charcuterie for Two features a mixture of American, Italian and Mediterranean.   No rules here. Make it your own.

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Charcuterie and Cheese Board for 2: Wedge of Brie with toasted walnuts and cherry tomato garnish, Olive Focaccia Bread Rounds, Ghirardelli Chocolates, Fig spread, Spicy Mustard, Pepperoni, Smoked Turkey, Black Forest Ham, Dried Apricots, Triscuit crackers.
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Tailgate Charcuterie- Goat Cheese with Fig Balsamic, Pineapple Habanaro Dip and Olive Focaccia Triangles for Brie Wedge. Salami and Pepperoni with Stone Ground Mustard, Smoked Turkey and Serrano Ham, Almond Olives and Assorted crackers.
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Tailgate Charcuterie: Wedge of Blue Cheese, Pretzel bread sticks, Seedless Grapes, Dried Apricots and Fig spread, Oat cranberry crisps and Fig& Honey Triscuit Crackers.

 

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How to Make Charcuterie & Cheese Board

Select a large cutting board –or make one. How to on lizbushong.com Arrange trio of cheese -your choice on board. Arrange fresh fruit   and spreads Nestle assorted crackers & breads that pair with the cheese and spreads Add dried fruits and nuts    

Charcuterie and Cheese makes a lovely appetizer spread, great for tailgating, or as a main course.  Serving suggestions:  3 ounces per person for appetizer prior to big meal,  5-7 oz servings for main course.  Also offer more 5 meats and 5 cheeses.  Two make a Charcuterie for two, select one or two cheeses, one soft  one hard, and allow for 2-3 ounces per person.

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Ingredients

Three cheeses- Soft, Medium and Strong cheese

Goat cheese- Brie, Wedge of Blue Cheese

Assorted Grapes, red, green, & purple- seedless

Assorted Breads, Crackers

Chewy & Crunchy- Sweet & Salty-

Dried cherries or cranberries, apricots, candied nuts, pretzels

Spreads-offer savory & sweet

Olive tapenade, Pepper jam, Fig jam, Honey,  Artichoke Hearts, Spicy Mustards

 

 

 

Instructions

  1. Select a large cutting board –or make one. How to on lizbushong.com
  2. Arrange trio of cheese -your choice on board. ( serve at room temperature).
  3. Arrange fresh fruit and spreads. Place spreads in separate small bowls with spoons.
  4. Nestle assorted crackers & breads that pair with the cheese and spreads
  5. Add dried fruits and nuts

 

 

Notes

  1. Make this appetizer board yours, what you and guest will love. Using different kinds of crackers and small crusty breads will make the platter more appealing and special.
  2. Offer a few favorite combos to help get the tray started.  Having some of the cheese already sliced or crumbled will encourage guests to dig in.
  3. Serve cheeses and fruits at room temperature.
  4. Make sure you have small spoons and serving forks for some of the meats.
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