hlw0008@auburn.edu/ November 9, 2017/ FOOD

 

 

Who doesn’t love a good appetizer sampler? It’s fun to pick your favorites off one big platter, rather than being stuck with the selection that one person requested (hello fried mushrooms). Especially when there is a large group of people, the more variety the better. Cheese boards and charcuterie boards are everywhere these days. They’re the fancy cousin of the sampler platter you find at a chain restaurant and I’m going to show you how to make your very own. Here, I’ll break down the components of a good charcuterie board and prove just how easy it is to put together. This is perfect for serving at holiday parties!

 

 

THE BASICS:

MEAT:

  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Any other cold cut of your choice

 

CHEESE:

  • Hard (Cheddar and Gouda for example)
  • Soft (Brie)  I like to drizzle honey on top 
  • Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola

 

FRUITS:

  • Berries (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)
  • Dried fruit (cranberries, apricots)
  • Fresh fruit (pears, grapes, figs) use fruits with a variety of color

 

BREAD:

  • Bagel chips
  • Multigrain crackers

 

EXTRAS:

  • Pecans (roasted or candied) or any nut you prefer
  • Sweet pickles, olives
  • Garnish with fresh herbs like rosemary

 

 

 

 

This is a one-dish (or board) kind of setup. The beauty of it is how unfussy it is. Just put out some plates and napkins and you’re good to go! Some people may feel more comfortable using a utensil to pick up the food so have little forks or skewers at the ready.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope this easy appetizer finds its way to your holiday party this year!

Happy entertaining!

Hannah

 

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