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Fruits, veggies, crackers, and dips, help make this charcuterie & cheese board the ultimate platter for your next party.
In our household, I just can’t throw a party without food and wine. Whether it’s a simple get together or a three course dinner party, there is always something good to eat and something fun to drink.
One of my favorite ways to get the party started is with a beautiful, homemade, cheese & charcuterie board. Choose your favorite meats and cheese. Throw in colorful fruits and vegetables. Add in dips, jams and crackers, then pop open a bottle of wine!
A homemade charcuterie & cheese board can be customized by party size, season, or even for a theme. Providing whole ingredients means there should be something there to satisfy everyone, no matter their taste or their diet.
The first step in buying ingredients for my cheese & charcuterie board is choosing the right wine. I like to keep it simple and choose two different bottles, then select the choices for rest of the board.
As a wine lover, one of my favorite things to do it select two of the same varietal, like chardonnay, and do a mini at home tasting. It’s amazing how different two different chardonnays can taste depending on where they were grown and how the grapes are handled. The trouble is, it’s not always easy to know the flavor profiles in the bottle by the description on the bottle.
That is, until I discovered Notable wines. Notable wines is taking a different approach and putting the flavor notes on the front of the bottle. They tell you the flavor notes you should pick up and let you know if the wine is more fruity and crisp or if it’s more oaky and buttery. For this party platter, I grabbed one of each, then chose the rest of the elements to compliment them.
The first wine is the Notable California Chardonnay. As you can see on the label, it has notes of butter, oak, and vanilla, landing it clearly on the oaky & buttery end of the spectrum.
In my mini taste test, I found that it has a heavier, almost creamy mouthfeel. I could definitely pick up the notes of vanilla and oak, but I also picked up a little bit of nectarine and the finish reminded me of a fresh snickerdoodle.
It would be a great match for this charcuterie & cheese board, but also go really well with seafood pasta in a white wine cream sauce or a big bowl of buttered popcorn.
The second bottle I chose is the Notable Australian Chardonnay. According to the label it has notes of citrus, melon, and peach and falls on the opposite end of the spectrum, on the fruity & crisp side.
When I tasted this one I was rewarded with flavor that I’m not used to finding in many chardonnays. It was bright and crisp, with a bit more acid and a lighter mouthfeel. In addition to the citrus and peach flavors I expected, I also smelled pear and spring flowers.
Again, it’s a great choice for this charcuterie & cheese board. I would also drink this wine with a roasted chicken with root veggies or a slice of cake with buttercream icing.
When selecting the cheese, charcuterie, fruits, and vegetables, there really are no set rules. I like to choose some items to match the wine specifically, but I also like to throw in some of my personal favorites. Not everyone will like everything, but having a good variety means you should have something to keep everyone happy – even those with picky pallets.
For the oaky, buttery chardonnay I wanted to make sure I picked a spicy pepperoni, a soft creamy cheese, bell pepper sticks, and kiwi. For the fruity & crisp chardonnay I wanted some milder salami, an aged gouda, and some dried fruit. I picked out dried dates and figs.
The rest of my board was rounded out with olives, broccolini, and celery sticks for the veggies along with a homemade garlic herb dressing. Three types of crackers, fig preserves, homemade blackberry jam, pancetta, a third cheese, and some purple grapes. A little something for everyone.
Usually, I would put out about half of the food for the platter and then fill it up as needed. A party platter of this size would probably feed about 4 – 6 people if served on it’s own and 8 – 10 people if it was served with other things. The quantity and variety can be adjusted depending on who and how many you are feeding. See below for suggested quantities. If you’d like to add nuts to your spread, try these Brown Butter Roasted Pecans
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Charcuterie & Cheese Board Party Platter
- Fruits (fresh & dried)
- Vegetable Dip
- Preserves, Fruit Dips, or Jam
- Bread or Crackers
Select a variety of seasonal products to make your own charcuterie and cheese board at home. Adjust the quantities as needed, based on how many you want to serve.
- Choose 2 - 3 types of cheese. Try for different kinds, like hard cheeses that should be cut up ahead of time or a soft cheese that can be spread on a cracker.
- Choose 2 - 3 types of charcuterie. Salami, pepperoni, sliced turkey or roast beef, and jerky are all good choices.
- Choose 3 - 4 types of veggies. Go for fresh, seasonal items in a variety of color.
- Choose 3 - 4 types of fruits. I like to have a combination of fresh and dried fruit for a little something sweet.
- Add in a dip or two. These should be more savory to go with the vegetables.
- Add in a jam, preserve, or sweet spread of two. These can be spread on crackers, paired with the cheese, or used as a dip for fruit.
- Lastly, make sure to include a some kind of crackers or bread. You can do all the same, or you can switch it up for variety.