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Charcuterie Board with Love for Special Occasions

Charcuterie Board with Love for Special Occasions

Charcuterie boards tend to include a variety of cheeses, meats, fruits, and bread or crackers. What I've put together is a very special charcuterie board with love.
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Prep Time 50 mins
Assembling 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Canadian

Equipment

  • Charcuterie board: cheese board, cutting board, or plate
  • 1 small ramekin
  • Cutting board
  • Knives (for pairing and one for cutting cheese)
  • Metal heart cookie cutters for brie and pâté (small, medium or large)
  • Tiny spoon for the honey
  • Tiny forks for picking up the meats, fruits, and cheeses
  • Small knives for cutting pâtés, cheeses, or meats

Ingredients
  

  • Cheeses used: Brie wheel Asiago, Manchego
  • Meats used: Kalbassa Sausage Cognac country style pâté, salami, prosciutto
  • Fruits (washed) strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and grapes
  • Honey for pairing with the Manchego cheese
  • Crackers used: Laiki rice crackers choose your favourite crackers
  • Fresh sage or rosemary
  • Chocolates
  • Heart Donuts Purchased them from C & J Cake Creations
  • Heart Hot Chocolate Bombs

Instructions
 

JARS AND RAMEKINS

  • First of all, start by placing down round items such as jars and ramekins that are filled with jams, preserves, olives, pickles, honey. The number and size will depend on the size of your board. Make sure to place any food that has an oil or water base in the ramekins as this will help avoid other foods getting soggy.

LARGE ITEMS

  • Place large items next on the charcuterie board such as grapes or larger items of fruit.
  • CHEESE FOR THE CHARCUTERIE BOARD
  • Place the cheese on the board from largest to smallest by starting with the blocks and wedges and finish with the slices. You can choose 1 hard, 1 semi soft, and 1 soft cheeses. Blue cheese, goat cheese, aged cheddar, Gouda, cheese curds, Boursin, Smoked mozzarella, Brie wheel, Havarti, Asiago, and Manchego are some great choices. I decided to make a heart jam Brie wheel cheese the centrepiece of my charcuterie board.
  • Cut firm cheese in triangles and line up side by side, one side slightly on top of the other, or stack one after the other in opposite directions. I like to line up the hard cheese on the edge of the board. If you place a block or a wedge that is not sliced, place a butter knife by it to help dig in. For soft cheeses, wedge a small knife or butter knife in them for serving.

CHEESE FOR THE CHARCUTERIE BOARD

  • After the jars, large pieces, and cheese are in place, use these anchors as guides to place your meat. This will make it easier to create and add the salami rose. You can use any cured meat that you like to put on the charcuterie board. Genoa salami, Nola salami, Peppered salami, Soppressata, and Prosciutto are great choices for a charcuterie. It’s best to slice and fold the cured meats. Prosciutto is so thin that I just rolled it or drop it like a ribbon on the board. For Genoa salami, you can make a salami rose or fold them into quarters and fan them out like a deck of cards. Hard cured meat like Kalbassa Sausage should be sliced into thin rounds. Cut the pâté using a large metal heart cookie cutter.

FILLERS

  • Now is the time to start filling the gaps on your charcuterie board! Start with fruits, nuts, and crackers. Berries are an obvious colourful choice. If you have any anchors open, stack or lean your crackers up against. Dried fruits such as apricots and oranges are easy and accessible year round. You can also add my favourite food such as heart hot chocolate bombs, chocolate pieces, and chocolate dipped strawberries!

GARNISH

  • Last, but not least, garnish with fresh herbs such as sage or rosemary. It adds a pop of colour and a beautiful aesthetic. You can also add edible flowers.

Notes

CHARCUTERIE BOARD TIPS
  1. For a Christmas Charcuterie Board, you can sprinkle the dipped berries with finely crushed peppermint candy, and add Christmas candy and chocolates.
  2. For a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board, you can sprinkle the dipped berries with red sprinkles or heart shaped sprinkles. You can also use white chocolate chips and add red food colouring to make red icing.
  3. If you are adding bread, like a sliced French baguette, you can put it along the edge of the board and/or make sure it does not touch any fruits as it will get soggy. The same applies to crackers, donuts, and cookies.
  4. Using a wide array of colours makes the board pop.
  5. If you are adding goat cheese to the charcuterie board, use a cheese wire slicer cutter to cut it as this will help to make a smooth cut.
  6. Pair foods that go well together side by site like cheese and crackers.
  7. Lay grapes upside down to hide the stem.
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