Thanksgiving might be a little smaller, this year- but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it fully- whether your crowd is 2 or 12, a cheese board is an easy, interesting and delicious addition to any Thanksgiving table.
Elements of a killer cheese board:
- Flavor: flavor is number one. A variety of flavors and complementary accompaniments makes a board- sweet, savory, salty, tangy.
- Shape: considered far less, but just as important, a variety of shapes adds interest to the eye and mouth and makes a board stand out.
- Texture: similar to shape, a variety of different textures- creamy, crunchy, soft, firm- adds interest.
Essential Charcuterie Board Components:Technically it’s not a charcuterie board without, well, charcuterie (cured meats!). Here is what I love to include for an essential charcuterie (or cheese) board:Sweet: fruit (grapes, apples, pears or dried fruit)
Savory: salami, ham, spiced or herbed nuts
Salty: cheese, prosciutto, salted nuts or crackersCreamy: soft/creamy cheeses
Crunchy: roasted nuts, crackers
Tangy: chutney, fruit or vegetable spread Of course, if your board is smaller- you can leave out an element or two, it’s totally up to you!
For this board I chose:
Sweet: apples, golden raisins (dried cranberries or cherries would be great here, as well), honeySavory: spiced walnutsSalty: white cheddar cheese (Trader Joe’s Unexpected Cheddar) and crackers (Simple Mills almond flour crackers)Creamy: semi-soft sheep’s milk cheeseCrunchy: nuts and crackersTangy: rosemary pumpkin hummus (see recipe, below)
I love the sweet-and-savory juxtaposition of this rosemary pumpkin hummus, with a hint of maple, and a burst of fresh rosemary, it’s exploding with flavor- and the perfect complement to your Thanksgiving cheese board (or your weekly meal prep).