Learn how to create the perfect Holiday Charcuterie Board in just four simple steps. Assemble a beautiful and elegant spread with fresh fruits, cheeses and fresh herbs.
Step 1: Choose your Cheeses
My method of attack is to choose two or three cheeses of varying types:
- Aged: Havarti, Sharp Cheddar, Parmesan
- Soft: Brie, Chevre
- Blue: Camembert, Blue Cheese, Roquefort
- Firm: Mimolette, Manchego
For this holiday charcuterie board, I chose a creamy brie and a cranberry flecked Wensleydale. I loved how the flecks of red complimented my holiday theme.
Step 2: Add your Accompaniments
Crackers or Bread. I love to serve up my cheeses with some artisanal crackers or a sliced up baguette.
Fruit. Grab whatever looks great from your local market. During the fall/winter season, you’ll find some spectacular pears, apples, pomegranates and grapes. Also feel free to use dried fruit, like figs or apricots.
Charcuterie. I found lots of yummy charcuterie from Les Trois Petits Cochons:
- Sliced Saucisson Sec
- Smoked Duck Breast
- Wild Boar Pâté
- Organic Pâté aux Pommes et Cidre
- Rillettes de Canard
Olives. Head to the olive bar at your local market and take your pick – Kalamata and Castelvetrano olives are two of my favorites. I also found some olive tapenade which I added to my charcuterie board.
Nuts. Walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, Marcona almonds, even candied nuts.
Mustard. I love to assemble a mini-sandwich of sorts with the smoked duck breast and a bit of mustard on a top of a cracker.