Charcuterie for the Holidays

December 17, 2017

I love meat and cheese boards, they are so versatile. Tune into WZZM TV13 on Sunday morning ~ 12.17.17 at 9:15am and 9:45am for my holiday party bites and ideas. I will be showing my favorite ways to dress up my Charcuterie Board and different party bites that can be made from all the different ingredients. 

My cookbook, Meals From The Mitten ~ Celebrating The Seasons In Michigan ~ is still available for pre-order. Just hit the SHOP button above. It makes a perfect Christmas gift for that someone special on your list. It's more than just a cookbook, it's a beautiful coffee table book. Every chapter has a beautiful photo of a scenic Michigan location, thanks to Todd & Brad Reed Photography. They also have a new book available right now and it's the perfect stocking stuffer. You can buy their new book, Time Take For Joy, at their Ludington location or online. 

 

CHARCUTERIE BOARD & PARTY BITES 

 

MEATS 

 

Salami

 

Capicola 

 

Mortadella 

 

Prosciutto 

 

Sopressata 

 

CHEESES 

 

Brie

 

Parmesan

 

Goat

 

Smoked Gouda 

 

Blue 

 

VEGGIES/FRUIT (pickled or preserved) 

 

Olives

 

Asparagus

 

Pepperoncini 

 

Sundried tomatoes 

 

Fresh fruit

 

Fruit preserves

 

GARNISHES 

 

Fresh herbs

 

Pesto 

 

Stone ground mustard 

 

Crackers 

 

BREADS 

 

Baguette

 

Focaccia 

 

Pretzel bun 

 

Arrange meats, cheeses and veggies on a large wooden cutting board. Serve with fruit, pesto, mustard, crackers and breads. 

 

Make some foccacia and pretzel-bun sandwiches to serve alongside. 

 

FOCACCIA SANDWICHES 

 

Cut focaccia in half horizontally. 

 

Spread a thin layer of pesto over the cut sides of the bread. Layer meat on focaccia bottom, then add some cheese slices and top with some pepperoncini. Replace focaccia top and cut into desired slices. Arrange on a platter next to the charcuterie board. 

 

PRETZEL-BUN SANDWICHES 

 

Cut pretzel buns in half horizontally. 

 

Spread a thin layer of stone ground mustard over the cut sides of the buns. Layer meat on pretzel-bun bottom, followed by some cheese slices. Replace pretzel-bun top and cut into desired slices. Arrange on a platter next to the charcuterie board. 

 

NOTE 

 

Feel free to add extra slices of meat and cheese to these sandwiches.

I use items from the charcuterie platter along with some sliced turkey, ham and sliced cheeses. 

 

 

 

 

SALAMI, MINT

& MOZZARELLA SKEWERS

 

SERVES 4

4 salami slices

4 fresh mint leaves

4 fresh mozzarella balls

4 fresh large blackberries

4 cocktail skewers (at least 4 inches long)

 

MAKE SKEWERS

Fold salami slices in half, and then in half again. Add 1 mint leaf to a skewer, followed by a folded slice of salami, a mozzarella ball and a blackberry. Repeat with remaining skewers.

 

 

 

Join Meredith TerHaar and I on Sunday morning. Merry Christmas! 

 

 

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