Tho this story is about Christmas dinner, this charcuterie is perfect for any occasion/party!
This Christmas I was tasked with bringing the charcuterie plate to the table.
While at Whole Foods, I jokingly posted on my FB wall “Can my charcuterie plate just be saltines and butter?!” Ok, only half joking, but I do ♥ saltines and butter. 🙂
Anyway, what really happened was that I was overwhelmed.
So many choices, and I have very little point of reference. Growing up, charcuterie meant my grandmother busted out a summer sausage, some cheddar squares, and Ritz crackers. Charcuterie plates have come a long way since then. Am I right?!
So as I shuffled around the olive buffet trying to figure out what to get, I pestered strangers with questions. One man was happy to help, and we picked out olives, Peppadews, and marinated artichokes.
Feeling emboldened, I made my way over to the cheese counter where I was struck dumb again by the choices. Thankfully the man behind the counter was eager to help and paired cheeses to the meats I had picked out.
When it was time to assemble my tray, I looked to Pinterest for inspiration. I artfully arranged my meats, cheese, veggies, fruits, and nuts. It’s loveliness was short lived by the vultures, i.e. my family, hovering, waiting to strike.
- Jamón ibérico (Spanish Cured Ham)
- Champagne Cheddar
- Guilloteau’s Saint Angel
Veggies & Nuts
- Assorted Black & Green Olives
- Peppadews (Sweet Piquanté Peppers)
- Marinated Artichokes
- Marcona Almonds
- Homemade Sweet Pickles & Sweet Pickled Jalapeños
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Pine nuts
- Drunken Mustard
- Dijon Mustard
- Nashville Jam Company Hot Pepper Jelly
- Assorted Crackers (Including saltines & butter ♥)
Encore performance at the New Year’s Eve Party!