Thursday, June 22, 2017

How To Make a Charcuterie Board #DairyMonth

I  have always been fascinated with Charcuterie boards. One they look gorgeous, and two they totally fulfill my love of meat and cheese. Add in those dried apricots and my mouth is watering. Now, I'll admit the first time I made a Charcuterie board I was a little intimidated, but I quickly realized that they are way simpler to throw together that I initially thought.

Plus, when Cabot Cheese wanted to send me a giant bag full of cheese to try, and then allow you to enter to win a box full of Cabot cheese I knew I could put it to good use with this easy charcuterie board.

Step 1.
Typically a charcuterie board is best served on a wood cheese board or slate is another good option because you can write the name of the cheeses in chalk. For my board I used a wood cutting board - easy peasy.

Step 2.
Pick your cheeses. Since Cabot sent me a plethora of delicious options it wasn't too hard for me to decide. The Cabot Alpine Cheddar Cheese was a favorite of mine, whereas my husband preferred the  Cabot Vermont Extra Sharp Cheddar. For some heat the Cabot Chipotle Cheddar definitely brought it! In addition to these I also included a soft goat cheese, and brie is always a great option.

I loved this bacon onion jam with the sharp cheddar
Step 3.
Pick your meats. Our Hyvee has an amazing meat counter and cheese too for that matter. If you aren't familiar with fancy meats like prosciutto, salamis or pancetta as the people behind the counter and they will definitely be able to help you.

Step 4.
Pick your accompaniments. These could be jams, nuts or fresh fruits. A little sweetness can be the perfect accompaniment to the saltiness and sharpness of the cheese and meat. Pickled items also can be a nice pairing.

Step 5.
The last step is you need something to put all of this delicious goodness on. This could be crackers, chips, crisps or breads. The options are pretty unlimited. I didn't really add my breads to the board rather served them on the side.

A few other tips is you will typically need 2 ounces of cheese pre person. Cheese is also best served at room temperate. And I recommend a few spoons and knives so you can keep flavors separate. 

If you want to continue the #DairyMonth fun hosted by From Gate to Plate and Cooking With Carlee make sure you check out these recipes. 
Avocado Ranch Dressing by Tip Garden
Frosty Chocolate Pie by Jolene's Recipe Journal 
Gluten Free Penne with Brie, Fig and Rosemary by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Rhubarb Sauce by Grumpy's Honeybunch
Orange Creamsicle Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Orange Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecake by Cooking With Carlee
Peaches and Cream Smoothie from Feeding Big 
Strawberry Crisp Milkshake by From Gate to Plate 
White Cheddar and Bacon Pasta Salad by Palatable Pastime
Whole Milk Yogurt Banana Cream Muffins by Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Milk Braised Chicken Thighs from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures 

And now for that giveaway. Cabot has donated a $25 gift box for one lucky winner. Cabot Creamery is an award-winning co-operative owned and operated by 1,100 member dairy farm families throughout New England and Upstate New York. We take care of the land so the grass grows green and tall, which makes the cows happy—and happy cowsproduce rich, buttery milk, which makes for cheese and other products that win awards year after year. And the more people love our Cabot family of products, then the more our dairy farms will thrive—today and into the future. Learn more about Cabot at

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