If you ask us, EVERY party could use a great cheese & charcuterie board! And what better time than the holidays to go all out with the prettiest spread ever?? Whether you’re hosting your family gathering this year, or simply looking for something to contribute to the table, a cheese & charcuterie board is the ultimate holiday party go-to. Keep on reading to hear our favorite things to include, and how to make your board look ULTRA luxe for the holidays!!
1.Select Your Base
Every cheese spread needs to start with a board, so select something special for the holidays! We are partial to this handmade beauty from Aroara Boards, complete with quartz handles! If you don’t have one like this, marble, slate, and even wooden cutting boards can all serve as great platters as well!
2. Pick Out a Variety of Cheeses
Cheese is the STAR of the show here, so make sure you take time to pick out the best! Select at least 3-5 different varieties, and include soft, medium and hard cheeses. If you’re unsure what to pick, parmesan, brie, goat, blue, cheddar, and gruyere are all great choices that work well together! Don’t be afraid to pick out something festive too, like a truffle-laced brie or one with a wine-washed rind!
3. Choose Your Meats
Now that you’ve selected your cheeses, it’s time for the charcuterie! These thinly sliced meats pair perfectly with cheese, and add a nice texture to your board. Many grocery stores sell variety packs of meats, or you can buy each type individually at the deli counter. Prosciutto, Genoa salame, sopressata and bresaola are all wonderful choices if you can find them!
4. Add the accoutrements
A cheeseboard isn’t complete without its accessories!! A mix of accoutrements add visual and textural variety to the board, and compliment the meats and cheeses! Fresh and dried fruits are a must, such as grapes, pears, apricots and figs. Next, add nuts such as marcona almonds or candied pecans. Finish it off with anything else you desire, like cornichons, honeycomb, chutney, or even dark chocolate pieces. And don’t forget the bread and/or crackers!
5. Bring it all together
Now that you’ve selected all of your spread’s components, it’s time to style! Fresh herbs such as sage and rosemary make perfect garnishes, while large grape leaves can serve as liners beneath the cheeses. Pre-slice some of the cheese so guests can nibble easily, but leave the rest of the uncut cheese on the platters with cheese knives. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy, too — it doesn’t have to look perfect! Sprinkle nus and pomegranate seeds around, and tuck in pinecones for a festive touch. To add dimension to the spread, consider using small cake stands or cloches and display different cheeses on them. Finish everything off with holiday cheese picks!