Hi friends! I hope you are having a great week. Over the weekend for Mother’s Day weekend we had my mom & dad and brother & his gf over for dinner and a park date and it was so much fun! I hosted my first dinner in our new home and I wanted to start by offering an appetizer before dinner. I thought a cheese or charcuterie board would be perfect for the occasion.
There are 100 different foods you could add to make your own charcuterie board, it’s really about your own preference! I decided to keep it simple and small. You can also create a huge board as well for larger crowds! A charcuterie board normally contains meats & cheeses; however, I decided to omit the meat this time and focus on the cheese, crackers, and other add on’s.
When building your board, you need to start with a good base. This can be a good solid wood board, a tray, large plate whatever you have on hand and enjoy. I chose this really neat wooden serving board my mom got me for Christmas. I love using it for entertaining.
Once you have your base, now it’s time to build. Think about color when you are choosing your foods. It’s good to have a mix of colors, textures, and shapes on your board. Here are a few steps I use and take when building my charcuterie board:
1. Once you have your base/board start with your cheeses. However many types of cheese you want to use, don’t stick to one kind and color. Try to choose a variety. Block cheeses are great to cut in a variety of ways and soft cheeses add a good mix to your board. I chose two block cheeses for this board.
2. Place your cheese towards the center but think about balance. If you have one block of cheese in the right corner, then balance your board out by placing another cheese on the bottom left corner so they are diagonal to each other. You don’t want your cheese on the edge of the board but just create balance! Cutting and slicing your cheese is also important. To create dimension cut your cheese in thin slices and stack or fan them out.
3. Next, work on your crackers. You can also use bread as well (I have done this before). If you notice in my picture of my recent board below, you will do the exact same thing with your crackers as you did with the cheese. Create balance by placing the crackers in opposite ends of the board. Also, just like your cheese try to pick different shapes, colors, tastes, and textures for your crackers.
4. Then, think about your fruits or veggies. I added thin slices of bell peppers in orange, a couple strawberries, grapes, and tomatoes. Again, a variety of colors and tastes.
5. Lastly, fill in your holes. Use nuts, seeds, candies, chocolates, whatever you want to fill in your holes on your board. I used walnuts to fill in my one small hole I had on this board. I have used almonds, chocolates, and candies to fill in holes on others boards I have created. This is also a fun way to add more color well.
•tips & tricks•
-create movement on your board by fanning our crackers, cheeses, etc the more creative ways you can stack or fan out foods the better.
-again, think about using a variety of textures, colors, and shapes in your foods that you choose
-don’t overload your board with too much, you want it to be inviting and easy for your guests
I hope you have enjoyed my how- to and hope you use my steps in creating your own cheese or charcuterie board at home! I would love to see it 🙂 Have a great week!