It’s never not charcuterie board season, but even more so when spring is right around the corner! Charcuterie boards are the perfect way to combine food and art. You can get very creative with flavor themes, and more creative than ever when you board with Eaze.
From birthdays to Mother’s Day to, well, literally any other day, there are plenty of excuses to put together a choice charcuterie board over the next few months. Wow the people in your life with these five, drop-dead gorgeous charcuterie mood boards–complete with some of the haziest treats Eaze has to offer. As usual, make sure to know your THC limit and adjust accordingly:
1. The Presidential Cheese Board
Considered the most classic charcuterie board out there, the “Presidential” honors the cheesy favorites of presidents past. Rather than bore you with the details (like the fact that James Buchanan had a major thing for fresh butter), let’s get straight to the good stuff.
This is the perfect board to start out with, especially if you’ve never dabbled with charcuterie before. The most important thing to remember is to keep things well-rounded: sweet and savory, chewy and crunchy–the more contrast of flavor and texture, the better.
For your first presidential cheese board, throw together the following, and keep in mind that a true charcuterie master (which you now are) knows when to improvise:
- Chopped baguette
- Gruyere cheese
- Sharp cheddar
- Honey crisp apple
- Dried figs
- Fresh (!) butter
- Almonds or cashews
- Raspberry jam
- Tempo infused rosemary & sea salt crackers
- Thinly sliced roast beef
- Thinly sliced salami
2. The Fig Salad Board
Let’s be honest–most of us are only eating salads for the delicious toppings, right? With this salad-themed charcuterie board, you get straight to the good stuff with all of the leafy fluff exactly where it belongs: at the bottom.
This is ideal for a midday snack, or a fresh, light board for a fresh, light spring day. Throw these ingredients on your shopping list the week before Mother’s Day–trust me, you’ll be her favorite forever:
- Lemon juice (one lemon’s worth)
- Dijon mustard
- Om’s infused olive oil (more or less depending on preference)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 thinly sliced shallots
- Thinly sliced prosciutto
- Figs cut into quarters
- Crumbled blue cheese
3. The Dairy-Free Cheese Roll
No, we didn’t forget about you, vegans. While charcuterie boards tend to orbit around cheese, there are plenty of ways to innovate and create your own “cheese” out of…well, not cheese.
You can dress up this board however you like, because the main flavor attraction will be the “cheese” roll. This board will take a little more time to prepare, but it will be well worth it to enjoy your homemade charcuterie with vegans and lactose-intolerants alike–no judgment.
Ingredients for “Cheese”:
- 2 cups of cashews, soaked for 4 hours
- ½ cup water (more or less depending on how thin you want the texture to be)
- 1 teaspoon of miso
- 3-4 tablespoons of lemon juice
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon of chopped rosemary
- ¼ cup of chopped cranberries, dried
- 1 bottle of Om’s infused olive oil
Ingredients for coating:
- 1 cup of raw pistachios
- 1 tablespoon of fresh minced rosemary
- 1 tablespoons of chopped cranberries, dried
- Lemon zest to taste
- 1 tablespoon of Om’s infused olive oil (or regular)
- Salt (to taste)
- Drain and rinse your soaked cashews. Add cashews, miso, water, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt to a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add rosemary and cranberries, blending on low until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour the mixture onto some aluminum foil, using the foil to manipulate it into a “log” shape. Freeze for at least 2 hours.
- In the meantime, add the coating ingredients in a pan, sauteeing over low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Remove the “cheese” roll from the freezer, removing the foil. Roll it in the coating and place black into the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
- When you’re ready to eat, make sure to remove the roll from the freezer about 45 minutes before consuming.
4. The Spanish-Inspired Board
Need a quick, beautiful snack to put together for Cinco de Mayo? Look no further than this Spanish-inspired charcuterie board. This board is an absolute burst of flavor, so make sure to come with an empty stomach and curious palate.
- Tempo’s infused sour cream & onion crackers
- Olive oil (regular or infused, if you’re feeling daring)
- Spicy paprika to taste
- Garlic powder to taste
- Thinly-sliced prosciutto
- Manchego cheese
- Cotija cheese
- Dried tomatoes
- Green olives, pitted
- Almonds or cashews
- Dried apricots
5. The Sweetest Board
For anyone with a sweet tooth, this charcuterie board is your dream come true, where dessert meets cheese. The heart of this board is in the brie: maple cream and apple baked, to be exact. As with the vegan “cheese” roll, this board will take a little extra love to throw together, but it will be well worth it when you’re ready to enjoy.
First, you’ll focus on putting together the brie:
- 1 16-ounce wheel of brie
- ⅓ cup of apple butter (or butter of choice)
- 2 tablespoons of maple cream
- 1 thinly-sliced apple
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Spread the apple butter on top of your brie, and then follow with spreading the maple cream. Layer on the apple slices, sprinkling them with cinnamon and maple syrup as you go.
- Bake the brie for about 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melty and about to burst. Drizzle more maple cream or syrup before serving.
Add the following to your board:
- Aged gouda
- Fresh cranberries
- Goat cheese
- Smoked blue gorgonzola
- Thinly-sliced prosciutto
- Apple chutney
- Roasted red peppers
- Artichoke hearts
- Potcorn’s infused sea salt popcorn
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