Welcome to Day Five of the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop, hosted by Carol at Blue Sky Kitchen!
My "recipe" today is one that will make your life easier during the busy holiday season. No cooking involved, and all of the ingredients can be kept on hand in your fridge and pantry!
A Charcuterie Board is a great crowd pleaser any time of year, but I can't think of a better time than the holidays, when we are all so rushed and our to-do lists are so long! With just a few ingredients found at almost every grocery store, you can have a last-minute quick meal put together in no time, or create a beautiful dish for a holiday party. This is also a great way to use the meats and cheeses that come in those wonderful holiday food gift baskets.
This recipe is about as simple as they come! Here are the four main ingredient staples that make up a classic Charcuterie Board:
*Meats -- A varied selection of meats is the foundation for this platter. Be as fancy (or not) as you please! If prosciutto isn't your thing, go with a nice quality sliced deli ham. Regular grocery store pepperoni makes a good replacement for pricey smoked salame. Today I am using Uncured Black Forest Ham, Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage and Truffle Mousse Paté.
*Cheeses -- Mix up a few types of cheeses - a mild cheese like creamy brie, Havarti with some herb-y dill, and a rich, strong cheese such as bleu or aged sharp cheddar.
*Extras -- Olives, nuts, pickles, mustard, jam, veggies.
*Bread and crackers -- Simple crackers and a french loaf or baguette are great choices.
Honestly, this doesn't have to be served on a board; a marble cheese plate or even just a serving platter will do! I'm actually just using my everyday cutting board here.
Let's build our Charcuterie Board together -
Place meats and cheeses around the board or tray. It's perfectly acceptable to lay a sheet of wax or parchment paper first, if you like.
Add your extras directly onto the tray, or in ramekins or other small dishes.
Now some veggies and nuts --
If you like, add garnishes -- herbs, edible flowers, and fruit.
That's it! Bring out some pretty napkins and a nice bottle of wine, and enjoy a relaxing meal while you mix and match flavors to your heart's content.
By the way, I picked up all but a couple of the ingredients for this Charcuterie Board at Aldi, for less than $20 (the paté is from Trader Joe's). And see that jam in the center?! It's made with BACON. Salty, slightly sweet, and a little spicy (I added a dash of cayenne). This will certainly be on regular rotation! The recipe is here, it has a secret ingredient that you would never guess!
Need a special (but simple!) appetizer?! My Sundried Tomato Cheese Roll is a deli lane dish that can be made in no time!
Here is another great sundried tomato appetizer for you tomato/pesto lovers.
This great holiday breakfast casserole is a perennial favorite for the young and the younger ;)
An easy and festive holiday treat to give as gifts is here.
*Once again, here's the lineup for the Holiday Recipe Blog Hop! Enjoy!!
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Your Inspired Design at BlueSky Kitchen
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Share It One More Time at The Everyday Home
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at StoneGable
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style