Easy Charcuterie Tips For Holiday Gatherings

Hey Cutie! Like Charcuterie? These beautiful boards are popping up on more menus these days and for good reason — they’re delicious! Not only are they a stylish addition to your holiday spread, they’re easy to put together.

Our friends at Barley and Board put together the charcuterie board you see above. Hollywood actor Jason Lee is at the helm of this place — and you can learn their charcuterie secrets this weekend!

When it comes to charcuterie, you can style your board as simply or as ornate as you’d like. You can mix and match as many prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit, as you’d like — but we’re always reaching for a few pickled goodies, artesan mustards, fresh grapes, and of course, carefully curated cheeses! Our friends at Toup’s Meatery in New Orleans shared the recipe for their Chicken Liver Mousse, featuring bourbon, cream cheese, and pink salt!

Looking for a new spin on olives? Look no further than these Fennel and Lavender Marinated Castelvetrono Olives from the Houston Dairy Maids. This Houston cheese shop specializes in cheeses from all over the world — with more than 150 in their store! Not sure what you’d like? They’d be happy to give you a few samples the next time you’re in town!

How cute is this simple display on a wooden cutting board? These are deliciously simple to put together, using grissini, or long thin breadsticks that you can buy pre-made. A little white truffle oil goes a long way with buttery slices of Prosciutto di Parma. Get the truffled grisini recipe here — and don’t forget to add a handful of earthy nuts like pistachios to the board!

With a little fresh baked bread, you can make a crostini in a snap! This recipe for Prosciutto di Parma Crostini with mushroom includes a few simple steps, but can be prepared in about 30 minutes. We like topping it with thin slices of hard boiled eggs.

Need an equally charming wine pairing for your charming charcuterie board? Not to fear! Get my wine finds for Thanksgiving, which pair with just about any of your holiday dishes!

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