This year for the family holiday party my daughter Bri did a nice charcuterie board and it reminded me of how we forget to do them more often. I like that it’s a very flexible idea as you can do different things for various occasions. The best part is that you can make a significant difference by changing the ingredients or picking different themes. For example, if you want to do an Indian, Italian vs a Caribbean theme the textures and flavors would be quite different yet extremely exciting.
Many guests love these at events such as gatherings, bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, housewarming parties, or even birthday get-togethers. I like that they can be served right on the wooden board, or cheese board.
My daughters had soft goat cheese with honey, prosciutto, harder cheeses, blueberry cheese, and toasted baguettes with different spreadable choices such as cheese, and dip. If you are looking to make something a bit different you can add items with tropical flavors. I myself love jams made from guava or mango as they remind me of my island flavors. But you can also include ring bologna, grapes, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, fruit, nuts, seeds, and much more even chocolate-covered pretzels.
Don’t forget you can get creative especially if it’s for a formal event but for a smaller event or private event you don’t have to get too fancy with it. All you need is the food, a serving board, and serving utensils like mini forks, cheese serving knives. You should also have small dishes or plates. The most important is thing is to include a variety of tastes, textures and have fun with them. I know she ran out of time, but I also love the tiny labels or tags for each component, it looks cute, and also, it’s helpful for people with certain allergies to foods. If you have a crafty side, you can get creative as my daughter did with flower-styled salami. (View a YouTube video for suggestions on how to make designs such as meat flowers).
If you see everybody hanging out at the one table, it’s most likely the one with the charcuterie board or the wine table. I will also mention that wine pairs great w/a charcuterie board. Enjoy!!
Rosa Julia Parra
CEO & Founder Palo Magazine