Who wouldn’t like to serve a hassle free appetizer with ‘what you have on hand’ at a party? I can see many of you agreeing with me.
Charcuterie board fits the bill perfectly. Charcuterie is a French word, pronounced shar-cu-terie is primarily an array of cured meats. It can also include other accompaniments like raw veggies, various kinds of cheese, nuts, fruits, dips, sauces, chutneys, breads, toast, crackers and chocolate. I’m sure many of you have the above mentioned items in your pantry and refrigerator.
It is easily customizable and can be made vegetarian or vegan. You can serve it at a summer party with seasonal produce and even in fall or winter. Speaking of winter, it is an apt appetizer to serve at a Thanksgiving meal with root veggies and an array of soft gooey cheese like brie. The board to serve charcuterie can be made of wood, slate or metal. Choose a board big enough for your guests.
I served this at my website/blog launch party and it was loved by my guests. It makes for a striking presentation. Make it aesthetically pleasing to the eye using your imagination. Try this at you next party or get together and impress your guests.
About 30 minutes
- 1 bunch grapes
- 1 ½ cups hulled strawberries
- 10-12 slices of pepper jack cheese
- 12 ounce hummus
- 1 cup pistachios
- ½ cup cashew nuts
- A wedge of brie cheese
- 4-6 tbsp mango chutney
- 12 rosemary toasts
- 12 fig crisps
- 8-10 slices of pumpernickel bread
- Big bunch of grapes, green or black
- 12 dates
- 12-14 cherry tomatoes
- 12-14 mozzarella balls
- ¾ cup olives, any kind
- Few slices of manchego, Spanish cheese
- 6-8 cocktail cucumbers
To arrange start by placing olives, hummus mozzarella balls and mango chutney in bowls.
Place cheese, bread, toast, fruits on the board.
Serve as an appetizer to your guests.
Note: I bought most of the items from Trader Joe’s or Sprouts Farmer Market also carries them.
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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