With Christmas party season in full swing I thought I would share my go to holiday appetizer – a Christmas charcuterie board. Whether I’m hosting a Christmas party or bringing something with me to a small get-together, this Charcute-wreath (as I like to call it 😂) is always such a hit. It looks festive and is so easy to prepare!
If you’re new to making Charcuterie boards check out my post on How to Make the Perfect Charcuterie Board. It covers everything from how to determine the right size for y0ur number of guests, to how to select the right number of meats and cheeses.
Once you know the basics, this Christmas Charcuterie Board could not be easier to prepare. Here’s what you need to know:
– 3 meats ( I used prosciutto, spicy salami and, mild salami sausage)
– 3 cheeses (I used goat cheese, brie and Italian asiago – aim for a mix of hard and soft cheeses)
– nuts (I used honey sugared almonds)
– fresh rosemary
– fresh sage
1. Start by taking your fresh rosemary and sage and laying them in a circle pattern to create your wreath. 1 package of each is enough for a 6-8 person wreath (as seen in the pictures) but if you’re making a bigger wreath, opt for 2 packages of each.
2. Once you’ve created your wreath base, start placing your cheeses on top of the greenery, making sure you don’t cover it entirely so you can still see the wreath.
3. Next, place your meats, with the same goal of placing on top of the greenery while still ensuring some shows.
4. Finally add in your extras (nuts, cranberries, blackberries) filling the remaining holes of the wreath. Other extras that work great for a Christmas wreath are green olives, cashews, artichoke hearts and pomegranate seeds.
5. Serve with a sliced baguette and some crackers. You can also add a small dish of cranberry spread or other jam. Voila!
Alex and I had friends over this weekend for a small Christmas get together and this was the Charcuterie board I served. I loved it! I can’t believe it’s only 4 more days until Christmas. Thankfully I am *finally* done my Christmas shopping (and wrapping!) so it feels like now I can just enjoy the last few days of pre-Christmas magic.
Tonight I’m having some friends over to decorate gingerbread cookies, which I am so looking forward to. I hope you have a great day ahead and a great holiday season!