Our Charcuterie Board

The layout of our charcuterie board on Christmas Day was bothering me but I didn’t have time to redo it before serving my family. I finally figured out what I will do differently next time.

After doing a little research and looking at other menu ideas, I realized we had enough choices on our board, but since we spread them out between two boards, it meant people missed pairing certain cheeses, sauces, and fruit. Not a huge deal, just one of those things you think about later.

Overall I was pleased with the cheeses, meats, and other little goodies we found at ALDI and our new Wegman’s in Lancaster.

The trio of Spanish cheese wedges from ALDI was such a good deal and it was fun to taste this little Tapas sampler. I don’t remember eating cheese from Spain before and I really enjoyed the flavors of Iberico, Cabra al Vino and Manchego.

My husband loves Smoked Gouda and I only wished I would’ve spent a little more and bought a better brand. I like a creamier cheese and the kind I found at ALDI was just a bit dry. Ken didn’t complain though.

My son tried duck pâté at Longwood Garden recently and really liked it. I found a similar pâté at Wegman’s and was excited to share it with our family; although I think the home-made smoked duck, made by daughter’s boyfriend, was preferred over the pâté.

Blueberry Goat Cheese is one of my go-to favorites on a charcuterie board. Not only does it add color and look pretty, but the flavor is a nice compliment to the saltiness in things such as Prosciutto and Mozzarella roll with Whole Grain Mustard.

The Brie log added a nice visual touch, and paired with a little cranberry jam well, who doesn’t like Brie!

It was fun putting this together at home, and next time I’ll fit everything onto one board instead of using two. Ken and I always look forward to trying a charcuterie board as an appetizer when we eat at a new restaurant. One of our favorites so far was at The Foundry in Lebanon.

What do you like on your charcuterie board?