My 1st Charcuterie Board

Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson
Easter may have passed but there is ALWAYS a reason to serve a charcuterie board, even it is just for yourself and your family!  Plan ahead for a night in with your family/friends or plan ahead for the next time that you host a get together at your home…a delicious charcuterie board is always a crowd pleaser!  And if I am being honest…I have made mini boards for myself recently too, ha…it is just too good!
Although I’ve enjoyed many charcuterie boards over the last several years, I have never made one at home until recently.  As I planned for Easter, a charcuterie board was part of my menu.  I knew what I’ve seen and enjoyed on other boards that I have tried so at least I had a slight idea of where to start.  And as much as I love cheese, I don’t know much about specialty cheeses so I had to ask for a little help.  Luckily my friend Madi helped guide me with advice on what cheeses and meats to buy!
I shopped at Whole Foods for all of the yummy goodies to create this beautiful and flavorful charcuterie board.  They had everything that I was looking for and so much more more!  You can build and build and build your charcuterie board but sometimes sticking with some classic flavors and crowd favorites is best.
So let’s talk about what all I used to build my 1st charcuterie board…
Cheeses:
Robusto Gouda
Manchego (3 months)
Humboldt Fog
Meats:
Pepperoni
Salami
Prosciutto
Fruit:
Strawberries
Green seedless grapes
Gala Apples
Other goodies:
Marcona Almonds
Fig Jam
Raspberry Jam
Flatbread crackers
Crostini
Peppadews 
Honey
Arranging your charcuterie board is simple and fun…it’s like a little piece of artwork!  You start with your cheese and meats and then you place your fruit, peppadews, nuts, etc around them and to fill in the space on your board.  We wrapped our apples with prosciutto as well.  My board wasn’t large enough to place the two jams on it so we set it over to the side of the board along with the flatbread crackers and crostini.
For my 1st charcuterie board, I was so pleased with the way it turned out and with all of the flavors…the cheese/meat selections were the perfect pairings and the fruit, jam, peppadews and nuts complimented them so nicely.
I’m sure many of you have made a charcuterie board before!  I’d love to hear from you…leave a comment below and let me know what you include on your board!  Maybe you include a cheese that I didn’t think of or something else that is a nice compliment to the meat.
Charcuterie boards are one of my new favorite ways to dine and enjoy others company…I will be making many of these in the future!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!