Charcuterie Boards for the 2021 Holiday Season

Monday, October 25, 2021 London, UK

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The holiday season is here, and that means family gatherings as well. Having people over and spending time with them while sharing great food is what the holiday season is all about. However, it can be stressful to think about all the dishes you should prepare.

Why not try making a charcuterie board? It is simple to make, and you will surely impress your guests with it. It is safe to say that everyone will enjoy good meat, cheese, and wine.  Make a delicious charcuterie board for your family and friends to enjoy this 2021 holiday season.
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Some say that it is the art of making and assembling a meat platter to compliment the cheese platter. Charcuterie boards are popular throughout the different holiday seasons. To create a cheese and charcuterie board, you need to have an extensive assortment of cheeses. 

Your charcuterie should incorporate hard and soft cheese. When pairing types of cheeses with meat, always combine contrasting textures.  Pair a soft cheese with a delicate slice of meat or creamy cheese with thicker pieces of pork.

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You need something to serve your charcuterie on. You can either use a serving platter, rimmed baking sheet, wooden cutting board, or charcuterie boards. Cured meats and cheeses are the stars of your charcuterie board.

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Start by putting out cheeses. Include both hard and soft kinds of cheese. Some of the hard cheese you can use are Cheddar, Cheshire, Derby, Gloucester, and Leicester, Cantal, Friesian, and Leiden, Graviera, and Kefalotiri, Manchego, Idiazabal, Roncal, Serena, Sâo Jorge, Ras, and more. Popular soft cheese for charcuterie boards are Feta, Brie, Ricotta, cream cheese, Camembert, Chevre, Roquefort, and gorgonzola.
Cut out your hard cheese. That way they will be easier to serve and eat. You can slice them into triangles or cubes. Place your cheeses around the board leaving space for meat, fruit, and other foods.

Now it is time to serve the cured meat. There are a lot of different kinds of cured meats you can get. The safest one to choose is prosciutto that goes well with different types of cheese and wine. Add salami, Spanish chorizo, pepperoni, bacon, pancetta, pastrami, and lardo. For the holiday season, be sure to include coppa, saucisson, mortadella, and corned beef.

When it comes to the charcuterie board for the holiday season, the presentation is key. Fold the meat in many different ways. You can fold circle slices into a triangle shape and place them together. Salami fold in half and create a flower. Roll the prosciutto on its own or add olive oil inside. Layer the slices of meat around the cheese.

To make your holiday charcuterie board richer, add some other ingredients that go well with meat and cheese. Place green olives and Kalamata olives in a little bowl. Pickles go well with cured meat so add them to your charcuterie board.

Fruit spread is great to add a little bit of sweetness to the charcuterie board. Fruits like figs, grapes, and strawberries go well with cheese. Apple is another fruit that compliments cheese Fruits will fill up the space and make your holiday charcuterie board more festive. 

Don't forget to leave some space for the toast and crackers. Baguette is a great choice for a charcuterie board. You can serve it fresh or toasted with a little bit of garlic and olive oil. Crackers are a must-have. Stack them on your board near the soft cheese.

Now that your charcuterie board is ready you only need to add serving utensils. Set them out to make it easy for your guests to get what they want from your charcuterie board.

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When it comes to types of charcuterie boards you have the last saying. It depends on the season and the occasion you are making your charcuterie bord for. You can only serve cheese and meat on your charcuterie board. For the holiday season include traditional cheese and meat that are accessible in your area.

Some prefer only meat charcuterie with a few pickles or olive oils. Served with homemade bread or pastry. Cheese lovers might prefer only cheese and fruits on their board.

A charcuterie board should be served with wine. Choose from crisp white wine to match with dainty flavors and red wine to go beside stronger tastes of meat and cheese.


Did you try making charcuterie boards? 
Are you going to make one this holiday season 2021? 

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