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Don't be Bored by Boards

Don't be Bored by Boards

With the holiday season upon us, it’s likely you’ll be asked to some type of festive gathering. And whether it’s a family get-together, a “Friendsgiving” or a holiday party for work, there’s a likely chance you’ll be asked to bring something. Enter, the “Board”. Initially, we think Charcuterie Board, originally a board to share cured meats and cheeses, although it seems to have taken on a broader meaning in recent culture.  

When someone says they are bringing a “Charcuterie Board” they often include said meats and cheeses, but also nuts, fruits and vegetables, and crackers. A charcuterie board can range from small, such as pepperoni, salami, sliced cheddar and a cheese spread, to outrageously large, enough to fill you up long before any main course. Need some help getting started? These sights will help you from start to finish!

How to Make a Charcuterie Board Perfect for any Party  (from Taste of Home)



An Essential Guide to Building a Charcuterie Board  (from Food Network)



Boards have also become somewhat of an art. You don’t just throw these things on a plate and call it a day. Learning how to place different items, creating “roses” out of Italian meats, and selecting the shape of the board (square? oblong? round?) all add to the overall presentation of your charcuterie board.

How to Make Salami Roses  (from The Recipe Critic)



And it doesn’t end there. What type of gathering are you going to? Were you asked to bring a dessert? Consider a board with samplings of chocolate, gourmet cookies, and sliced cakes. 

Chocolate Charcuterie Board  (from Platings & Pairings)



23 YUMMY Dessert Board Ideas  (from Design Improvised) 



Is your get-together a brunch-time affair? Try the pancake and waffle board, complete with different syrups, fruit toppings and whipped cream.  

Breakfast Charcuterie Board  (from Planted in the Kitchen) 


And if you’re wanting to include a holiday vibe in your board, check out these festive boards! 

Candy Cane Caprese  (from HyVee)



Christmas Tree Charcuterie  (from Muy Bueno)

Shelley Nicholson

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