Happy Happy Holiday Season, Loves! It’s time for all things festive and beautiful!! I am so in love with the colors of Fall and Winter and look for ways to incorporate them into all of our events and dinner parties. Emily + I have been making these gorgeous boards for just about every occasion. And I have to admit that I’ve been making these for dinner. Like a Tuesday night dinner. Like a random non-special mid-week dinner. I could eat cured meats and cheese all day every day FOR REALS.
The fantastic thing about charcuterie boards (that’s just a fancy way of saying a big ole’ plate of meat and cheese and crackers), is that there are endless variations and they make sense for every occasion. Girls night + baby shower + picnic date + holiday party + office meeting or THANKSGIVING!! What could be better while you’re cooking all day than a grazing board? Answer: nothing.
There are no hard and fast rules about how to assemble a good board. Guidelines? Yep. Rules? No way. The biggest thing is to make yourself happy here. I love to include one soft goat’s milk cheese, one sharp cheddar and one blue. (the stinkier the better) Then add a good prosciutto, a salami, some good flatbread + crackers, dried fruit, candied nuts, a jam of some kind and some kick ass local honey. Try to vary your colors and textures so that there are endless varieties of stacking.
Try to color block when you assemble so that there is visual interest and make a few cuts in the cheese and salami to get everyone’s motor going!
Honestly, if I had a small plate of one cheese + some prosciutto and a cracker or two I would be happier than a bird with a french fry. But the holidays are about splurging a bit, yes? So that’s what we did here. We made the most swoon-worthy board ever ever and we maybe ate our weight in cheese before that shoot was over.
The only thing on this board that needs to be prepped/cooked ahead of time are the candied pecans. Feel free to buy store bought ones or just include roasted nuts if you like. All will be well. (but these candied nuts are insanity HOLY LORD) The printable recipe for these is below!