How to make a killer charcuterie board – that’s healthy too
With the festive season fast approaching, it’s always good to have your platter game in check when you’re entertaining! And the newest trend in this space is a killer charcuterie board. They are traditionally a meat and cheese board and can be as big or as small as you like, depending on how many mouths you are going to feed! I’ve got to say there have been some mouth-watering (and insta-worthy!) boards at the past few events I’ve been to. I took some serious mental notes in order to replicate one on my own with a healthy twist and share it here!
I love a nice piece of cheese, particularly when there’s a wine involved! A good guide with cheese is to pick a soft one, a firm one and an aged one. I like camembert, pecorino and aged cheddar to cover the board. It’s a personal choice so pick away. A good way to add a nice touch is to put some good quality comb honey on top of the camembert cheese and let it drip down the sides. Yum!
Bread and crackers
Get your hands on some nice sourdough and either break it up in pieces or toast and place on the board. You can pair it with some little ramekins of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A nice crunchy dukkah goes well with this too. Go for wholegrain or seed crackers to give it a healthy (and delisious!) kick.
As long as you and your guests are nut tolerant, a nice range of nuts can make your charcuterie board pop and give it some crunch. I like almonds, pistachios and cashews the best. Put them in little bowls or sprinkle them around the other items on your board.
Fresh fruit and veg
These are a must for a healthy twist on your killer board. Cut up celery, carrot, red capsicum and cucumber into sticks and place decoratively around the board. Spread fresh strawberries, figs, grapes and cherry tomatoes in between your other items. They add a splash of colour and are irresistibly moreish!
A couple of yummy dips on your platter are the icing on the cake. Go for a nice healthy hommus and tzatziki and serve them next to the veggie sticks for dipping.
If you love your meat and want to add some in, go for some nice prosciutto and salami. Add a bowl of olives to one end of the board. You might also like a quince paste to pair with your cheese. Go nuts!
So next time you’re in entertaining mode, think about creating a charcuterie board that is next-level delicious. And remember it can be healthy by adding some fresh stuff and keeping some of your options wholegrain and homemade. So you won’t feel so bad after the wine!