These items will make sure you have the tastiest board on the block.
You’d have to be living under a rock to not have fallen down the sweet and savory rabbit hole that is the world of charcuterie boards. On Instagram alone, you’ll find over 1 million photos of the mouthwatering, colorful boards filled to the brim with cheeses, crackers, meats and more. Charcuterie boards make a tasty splash at any occasion, and with the holidays coming up, it could be a welcome addition to your tasty feast. But how do you even get started creating such a foodie masterpiece? How much cheese is too much and what types work best? Prosciutto or salami? Honey or Jam? And fruit, where does one add in the fruit? With endless options, the stress of creating the perfect board can suck the fun right out of this culinary adventure.
But fear not dear SugaMama, help has arrived! If you’re new to the cheese board game, we’ve got you covered with helpful tips and chic buys that will help you create a picture-perfect charcuterie board and wow guest dinner guests of all ages. Trust us, by the time you’re done you will have officially secured your spot as hostess with the mostest this, and every, holiday season.
Since we already know our themes (Thanksgiving and Christmas, duh!), we can focus on the foundation of this culinary delight – the board! The first step to creating any charcuterie platter is finding the perfect board to artfully arrange your goodies on. Since you’ll most likely be using soft foods that need to stay cool, like cheese, on your board, having items like the French Marble Platter from Crate and Barrel in your arsenal will set you up for success. There are lots of different sizes and shapes when it comes to marble boards, so be sure to choose something that highlights your personal style.
Tools of the Game
Cool marble boards may be the foundation of your charcuterie board, but please don’t underestimate the importance of using proper tools like cheese knives and spreaders. The right tools can transform even the simplest spread into a fine dining affair. Not only do sets like these Agata Cheese Tools make cutting and serving a breeze, but they add a chic and classy detail to your tablescape that elevates the vibe and definitely won’t go unnoticed by guests.
Pile it On
By now we’re sure you know that there is no cheese board without, well, cheese. And any other piece of deliciousness you can pile on it. The rule of thumb when it comes to adding cheese to your charcuterie board is having four to five varieties for guests to dip into. From aged cheeses like Gouda to smoked delights like Provolone and the crumbly goodness of Feta, you can’t really go wrong. Add texture to your board with toasted baguettes, various shapes, and sizes of crackers, and of course meats like salami and prosciutto. You can also add color to the mix by loading up on fresh fruits and sweet condiments like this holiday flavored Cranberry Raspberry Sage Jam from Trade Street Jam Co (P.S. It’s Black=owned!)
Using cheeses and meats might be the traditional thing to do when it comes to creating a charcuterie board, but don’t be afraid to step out of the box. There’s so much you can do with your newfound board knowledge, so why limit yourself. Let your creative juices flow and create fun holiday designs with your boards like this sweet Christmas tree board full of gingerbread men, candy canes, gummie santas and chocolate graham star cookies like these from Stauffer’s. It’s also a great way to SugaBabies involved by asking them to join in on all of the yummy fun.
Capture the Memories
Your board, tools, eats, sweets and creative juices have combined to design the most vibrant, lush and delicious charcuterie board and holiday table has ever seen – congrats! So, what’s next? Well besides inhaling every bite, once you’ve finished your culinary smorgasbord, take some time to savor your creation and your family. Capture your board and memories of the season with the Instax Mini Liplay Instant Camera. Not only does the camera print instantly, but it captures sound, has fun filters, shares to your phone and is perfect for capturing memories that will last longer than that board you just worked so hard on.