“Get on board for the holidays. A Christmas Charcuterie Board + charcuterie tips for any holiday party.”
Get On Board For the Holidays | Christmas Charcuterie Board
I don’t know what made charcuterie boards all the rage this year, but let me tell ya… I’M ON BOARD! Actually, I do know why they are super popular…. cause they are flippin amazing! Who doesn’t love a smorgasbord of meat + cheese + carbs + treats?! It has hands down become one of our favorite meals as a family, and today I’m going to show you how you can serve one at your next holiday party or gathering.
Follow along for some helpful tips + a delicious sausage marinade + my #YesChefFavorites from specialty kitchen store Yes Chef. It’s a post that will have your mouth watering and tummy grumbling by the end.
First Thing, Grab a Copy of On Boards by Lisa Dawn Bolton
This charcuterie cookbook is going to help you lay the foundation to a great charcuterie board + how to host a welcoming/ stress free gathering. And don’t forget the intro, even though the recipes are going to have you flipping through this book in a hurry. She’s got some awesome advice- including how serving a charcuterie style meal is way less stressful. And why this cookbook isn’t really a cookbook. So in Lisa’s own words
Find some good company.
Gather around a big board.
Make some great memories.
Charcuterie Tips: Grab Your Tools
What kind of board are you going to serve on? There are so many shapes, sizes and materials. It’s really up to you and your preference and the amount of love and care you’d like to put into maintenance. (which really isn’t a lot)
Do you have the right tools and utensils? You will have different types of food, so that requires different types of tools. My go to utensils are:
- spreader (for soft cheeses + spreads)
- a good knife (if you don’t have specific cheese knives a good steak knife or pairing knife will do the trick)
- small fork (for hard cheeses + meats)
- small spoons (jams + chutneys)
- small bowls
Lisa goes much more in depth with specific types of cheese knives and so forth, but these utensils listed above are in most kitchens so no stress.
Charcuterie Tips: How Many People Do You Plan On Serving For Your Charcuterie Board?
Is it an appetizer to a main meal? Or are you serving it as the star of the night? Making sure you have enough to go around can be stressful, but here are a few tips to make sure your holiday party or gathering is a success.
- imagine what you would eat if you came starving to a party
- focus on the crowd pleasers first (that means sausage over pâté + gouda over blue cheese)
- think in slices per person
- grab an extra baguette just in case
- fruits and vegetables are cheap fillers, more is more
My Christmas Charcuterie Board should feed 6-8 people no problem for a main. Mind you I would also include crackers and a baguette on the side. If you were serving this holiday charcuterie board as an appetizer, I would expect it to feed around 20.
The Fun Charcuterie Tips: Arranging Your Board
First, spread everything out in front of you. This is to make sure your not forgetting anything, but you can also get a sense of sizes. Next go with your gut. Literally, what stands out to your hungry tummy the most? Trust, me you’ll have more fun with it when your creating your board around something you love.
Then, start with the big items such as the large blocks of cheese or meat. Next, add in the bowls you will use for spreads, chutneys, jams, or nuts. Using a large fruit or veggie? Add that in next. And then start to fill in all the gaps with smaller cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, bread or crackers.
BIG TIP: If its a charcuterie board for a large group, split your ingredients in half to spread evenly around the board. You don’t want to have to many hands reaching over to grab something. I like to split mine 50:50. And make sure you break up like colors. ex: place a light colored cheese next to a sausage. not the red grapes.
Now I think your ready!
Christmas Charcuterie Board
Now that you have a few tips under your belt, I want to share this Christmas Charcuterie Board that was inspired by Lisa’s beautiful holiday boards. And I must say these are merely suggestions. I truly believe a good board includes your favorites + whats in season.
What You Need:
- roasted chicken or turkey
- Brown Mustard Sausages (recipe below)
- cranberry infused cheese (whatever you can find that has cranberries)
- parmesan with honey + course cracked pepper
- Beet Salad on a Stick (from On Boards)
- Cherry Cabernet Relish (from On Boards)
- bell peppers
Again, look at this board for merely inspiration. Ask yourself what’s local and in season first and foremost. But, I must say my sausage marinade for my Brown Mustard Sausage is always a must on any board.
Sausage Marinade For My Brown Mustard Sausage
#YesChefFavorites | On Board Cookbook + Locally Made Charcuterie Board
Like most of my recipes, this one was once again inspired by our local specialty kitchen store: Yes Chef. If your looking for some amazing kitchen gifts this holiday season, Yes Chef is the place to go! And one reason I love this place is that is stocks locally made items.
And the board on which I choose to display my holiday feast, also happens to be made locally by Holley Woodworking in Mission, BC. Crafted with love and care, this beauty will remain in our family for years and hopefully generations to come. You can find this style charcuterie board, as well as their beautiful cutting boards on the back wall of Yes Chef.
I hope you enjoyed this holiday inspired post! If you create your own Christmas Charcuterie Board make sure you tag #YesChefFavorites! I’d love to see your creations! And don’t forget to try my sausage marinade for your holiday party, its a crowd favorite.
BONUS GIVEAWAY QUESTION
What has been your favorite charcuterie board experience? Was it the company? The food? Comment below for a chance to enter our giveaway, and don’t forget to add your IG handle for credit!