This is my 100th blog post! Just 2 posts from the move to our new website! A labor of love, it is! Charcuterie Platter is a great one, for our 100th! I hope you enjoy!
We have taken the tradition of the French cheese course to a whole new level. Namely, we have crusty breads and beautiful cheeses and serve with a variety of fruits. Due to the fact that a cheese course would not be complete without wine, wine is obligatory!
This healthy… (Oh, what do you mean the plethora of fruit does not negate the fatty cheese and carbohydrate heavy bread? Don’t ruin my delusion!) Ok, Charcuterie Platter may not be health food but it is a great, quick treat that we indulge in a few times per year.
The beauty of this meal is that it is totally customizable to your family’s tastes. The bread we usually choose comes from our local bakery at Wegmans. They make a bread that they call Marco Polo bread. I have done a lot of research online. The closest recipe I can come up with is Dutch Crunch bread or Tiger bread. Apparently it originated in the San Francisco, CA area. It is honestly to die for. Crunchy crust, nice firm dough… just amazing! On Valentine’s day they were all out of Marco Polo at 4pm. Bummer, I almost cried! Finally, I consoled myself with a loaf of Ciabatta and a loaf of Pain de Champagne. This Rye Bread would have been a great choice too!
The cheese selection is also totally customizable. I always try to buy a new cheese that we haven’t had before or that we haven’t had in a while. For Valentine’s Day I bought, extra sharp white cheddar, sharp yellow cheddar, intense brie, and triple cream brie. In addition, garlic and herb boursin, extra sharp gruyere, and horseradish gouda rounded out the cheese selection. The fruit selection was cortland apple, gala apple, red and green grapes, navel orange, and the most gorgeous fresh strawberries! In addition, to change it up a bit, I bought one large sirloin steak that we sliced.
We usually serve a dry white wine with Charcuterie platter. Pinot Grigio is great, chardonnay is wonderful. Since we served it with the steak, I see no reason a nice pinot noir wouldn’t work! So easy, no cook, delicious! How can you get better than that?
I am absolutely crazy about Core Bamboo Cutting Board! I literally have used it every day for over a year and it barely has a scratch! It is easy to clean, and the perfect size!
Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
Easy, elegant Charcuterie to serve for your next party or for a special occasion for your honey!
- 1/2 lb brie cheese
- 1/2 lb favorite cheddar
- 1/2 lb muenster cheese
- 1 bunch red grapes
- 1 whole orange
- 1 apple
- 1 large loaf fresh, crusty bread, such as French or Ciabatta
- 1 bottle favorite wine
Wash and prepare all fruit into bite sized pieces. Arrange on serving board.
Slice cheeses into bite sized pieces. Arrange on serving board.
Serve with broken chunks of bread and a glass of wine.
* Use any combination of your favorite cheeses and fruits!