I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday surrounded by loved ones! We had a lovely time celebrating with Chelsea’s family. Now, as we prepare to ring in the new year, I am excited to share a great idea for your party – big or small – a charcuterie board!
I don’t know about you, but I struggle to make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve, so I’m excited about the concept of Noon Year’s Eve, which makes going to bed at my normal bedtime of 9 p.m. perfectly acceptable. 😉
A charcuterie board is nice because you can cater it to the exact needs of your group. You can also customize the amount of food based on the size of your group. And, it’s perfect for noon or a midnight snack!
I found this wonderful tray and cheese tools at Crate and Barrel, and they really elevated my charcuterie board. I also LOVE these agate cheese markers from Anthropologie. I know this appetizer will be on repeat with all these perfect accessories to style it up!
On my charcuterie, I first put down the main feature – the meat (charcuterie is a French word meaning cooked meat). I selected three different types of salami. Next up I added the cheeses. These were selected based on the agate labels – for stinky I chose a blue cheese, for aged I chose a yummy cheddar, for sharp I selected a Gouda, and for creamy I picked a Camabert.
The next addition was the crackers, and I picked a butter, wheat, and everything cracker for the board. Olives, grapes, and dried apricots were added next, followed by fig spread and truffle butter. The final touch was nuts (marcona almonds, cashews, and pistachios), and then a sprinkling of dried coconut. I chose coconut because it added a touch of sweetness and has a snow-like quality perfect for winter!
One of the things I love most about a charcuterie is that anything goes! Pick your favorite savory snack items and add them to the board. And, if you don’t have a tray, you could always lay out a piece of butcher paper, wrapping paper, or even wax paper and pile everything on there. Cake plates, cutting boards, and even regular plates and trays work great, too!
Happy charcuterie creating, and party on!