Let’s Start With an Appetizer

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Who doesn’t love appetizers? They can be served before a meal, or even as a light meal. They can be sweet or savory, crunchy or creamy – anything you want! As we prepare for this upcoming Holiday season, let’s have a repertoir of delicious recipes to share with family and friends!

For our first “recipe”, let’s start with a Charcuterie board (pronounced shahr-koo-tuh-ree). Charcuterie boards are not only beautiful, but they contain a combination of foods and flavors for a simple, no-fuss party snack!

A charcuterie board is most often made of a variety of meats and cheeses and often fruit or nuts; essentially a meat and cheese board.

As you begin thinking about making the perfect charcuterie board, you will want to start thinking about different colors and textures to make it vibrant and interesting. Red and black berries, dried apricots, fresh herbs, pickles, olives and various dips can add lots of color. The board should look full, don’t be afraid to pile and stack them while thinking about varying the different items throughout.

Meat: Estimate about 3-4 slices of meat per person when building a board. Include a variety of flavors and textures.

Cheese: Choose a combination cheeses – about 1 or 2 oz per person. Look for various hard and soft cheeses from mellow to sharp.

Bread and Crackers: Again variety is key. You may want to include buttery flaky crackers, grain crackers and thinly sliced and toasted baguettes.

Fruit & Nuts: Both dried and fresh fruit will add gorgeous color and lots of flavor to your charcuterie board! Nuts should be shelled and salted.

Pickles, Olives and Dips: Adding small bowls filled with dill pickles, olives, jellies, mustards and dips adds lots of flavor.

Why not prepare a beautiful and delicious board everyone will love! It will be the centerpiece of your event!

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Dee Furlough, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDee FurloughArea Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Dee E-mail Dee N.C. Cooperative Extension, Tyrrell County Center
Posted on Dec 3, 2020
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