What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Enjoyable Eats: Noel Charcuterie Tray! Everyone loves a party. As the host or hostess, you should too. Instead of picking up a ho-hum relish tray at the local supermarket, make a charcuterie tray because they’re fun…and easy entertaining. Basically, it consists of cured meats, cheeses, nuts, fruit, and olives. And there’s no rhyme or reason for arranging things on a tray or platter. The more random the pattern, the better. Fresh herbs can add an aromatic ambiance making your guests feel special. Candles have the same effect, as long as they are away from the direct line to finger food. Crackers or artisan bread are a nice platform for spreadable cheeses or gourmet jams. Getting ideas? I see you nodding your head in agreement, so let’s get this party started.
NOEL CHARCUTERIE TRAY
4-ounce assorted Antipasto Italiano sliced meats
8-ounces Bleu cheese, wedge
8-ounces Colby Jack cheese cubes
6-ounces Wasabi & Soy Sauce almonds
6-ounce jar Kalamata olives, pitted
1 cup moonshine maraschino cherries
1 cup candied orange peel*
4.25-ounces sea salt snack crackers
4.25-ounces sesame artisan crackers
Fresh Rosemary, for garnish
First, arrange some items in small bowls, like olives, nuts, and fruits. It keeps them contained for easy replenishment. Cured meats and cheese wedges are often the spotlight. As larger items, place then on the tray once you have the bowls in place. Crackers or bread go next. Don’t be afraid to pile them on. Feel free to fill in the “spaces” with salty nuts, cheese cubes, and fresh rosemary sprigs. Enhance your presentation with knotted bamboo picks or cocktail toothpicks for spearing small bites.
*Follow the link for recipe.