Creating an AMAZING Charcuterie Board
Whether you're making a small charcuterie board for yourself or to share with friends, a balance of several elements will make it simply irresistible.
I like to make a space on the counter with the different boards, cutlery, foliage (or as my friend called it "my bush" - to which we laughed at like 12-year-olds), candles, tongs, etc.
Then, just put out whatever calls to you! I found everything I needed at Trader Joes, but you could easily get the same goodies at your neighborhood market with some simple product substitutions.
I like to make a spray with my sturdiest crackers right through the center to create an anchor and then I build out. Hard cheese such as Kerrygold Dubliner works well and is tangy and delish, then soft brie cheese, olives, cucumbers, salami, sliced meats, cherry tomatoes, almonds, cheesy poufs, artichoke dip, and whatever else you can shove on there.
I also like to have a little area for breads or crackers...or our new favorite addition...pretzels. We get ours from Eastern Standard Provisions and they are TO DIE FOR!!!!
The pretzels were a HUGE hit - people were gobbling them up. We added some Pimento Cheese Spread from Trader Joes and warmed it up in a mini-crock pot. GAME CHANGER PEOPLE!!!!
Conventional Oven (pretzel prep)
Preheat your oven to 400° for frozen pretzels or 425° for thawed.
Place pretzels directly on a non-stick cookie sheet or on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Brush pretzels with butter, water, or olive oil and sprinkle lightly with your choice of pretzel salt.
Bake pretzels for 6-8 minutes from frozen or 3-5 minutes from thawed.
Pop them out of the oven and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce.
And remember... Eat with your hands!
I also love to add a little dessert area which always goes over well. Biscotti and coconut cashews go amazingly well with both red and white wine, and if you want to be a little extra (and I ALWAYS want to be a little extra) bust out some cute mini chalkboard labels to let people know what deliciousness they're partaking of! I'm working on a "making-of" video for my charcuterie boards...stay tuned!