It's summer and nothing beats a get together with a simple yet gorgeous summer charcutrerie board. Fresh fruits, a variety of cheeses, cherry tomatoes, a little olive oil, and all of my favorite things - this summer board is such a fun way to a put a summer twist on the perfect charcuterie board.
These warm summer night have been so perfect. Since we've moved into the house, I've been making it my utmost priority to use the back deck as much as possible.
Every week, I go to our local farmer's market and bask in all of the beautiful summer produce.
I'm talking stone fruit, seasonal fruits, edible flowers, garden-fresh veggies, and just about any great option you can think of for the perfect summer charcuterie board.
The first rule for making a simple summer charcuterie board is that there are no rules! What I enjoy most about assembling charcuterie boards is how fun it can be. It's great way to get creative with colors, textures, and most importantly, taste!
You can use and add whatever you want - slices of bread, different types of cheeses - soft cheeses, sharp cheese, hard cheese - pita chips, your favorite fruits, and any variety of meats you can think of!
Whether it's a pool party, a holiday, a picnic, a girls' night in, or just grown-up snack time, cheese boards are a versatile treat.
The appeal of charcuterie boards is the variety so even if you're only making enough for two, make sure you use different kinds of cheese. I would include a minimum of 2-3 with distinct flavors and textures.
Don't forget to bring a cheese knife for easy cutting and spreading!
After determining what cheeses to include, add a good assortment of meats. Great additions are slices of salami, chorizo, or prosciutto. Think of what meats would pair well with summer fruits and what would be a great addition for the best summer charcuterie board.
Some other great options would be mortadella, sopressata, capicola, and Iberico ham (one of the finest ingredients of all).
Side note: I also like to add smoked salmon too. It's not a charcuterie meat but it goes so nicely on a summer board for brunch or breakfast.
TIP: to make your charcuterie board extra stunning, add some garnish (extra points if it's edible). You can use anything including lemon wedges, edible flowers, and fresh herbs.
Assemble the board on a sturdy flat surface like a wooden tray or marble slate. I like using a larger board for a big party, and a smaller board for petite gatherings. However, if you don't have either of those, a cutting board, a large plate, a baking sheet, a countertop or even an entire table will work. Just remember that the board is your canvas!
Begin assembling your cheese platter by determining what board or surface you will use. You should assemble wherever you or your guests plan to graze so that you don't have to carry the finished product (it will probably be heavy and you don't want to accidentally drop it or have to fix the arrangement).
You almost always need something to wash it down with. Wine, champagne, a good cocktail, or a sparkling cider are a perfect to enjoy this summer board.
For wines: I recommend a dry white wine or a sweet red!
For champagne: a brut champagne is perfect with this summer board!
Cocktails: something mild yet fruity!
There's no wrong way to make a beautiful charcuterie board. However you choose to make your board, it'll be perfect for summer entertaining.
Holidays are the perfect time to show off your new skills! This gorgeous summer charcuterie board can be turned into a holiday board to be enjoyed throughout the year. It's also an easy way to entertain no matter what time of the year. Make this the main course at any gathering.
The key to seasonal cheese boards is to include what's in season. It's your typical charcuterie board but with a twist. It will also be easier to find at your local grocery store, and more affordable. Also, if it is fresh produce, then it will taste much better! Here are some great additions for any time of the year.
Easter: Strawberries, Meyer lemons, Fudgy Mini Egg Brownies, deviled eggs
Summer: Watermelon, fresh berries, fig jam, and even zucchini
Christmas: Chutney, figs, Peppermint Bark Brownies
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