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Patriotic Charcuterie Board

Who doesn’t love a Charcuterie Board with its cured Italian meats, cheeses (the funkier, the better πŸ˜‹), pickled goodness, fresh fruit/veggies with an accompanying tasty dip and bread and/or crackers. This is one of our go-tos on a Friday night or while entertaining because it hits all the taste buds and there’s something for everyone!

These food items typically appear on a charcuterie board:

  • Cured meats – yum πŸ˜‹
  • Cheese – hard, soft, mild, funky, spreadable; make sure you have some variety
  • Pickled goodness – olives and/or tasty veggies
  • Nuts
  • Fruit – fresh or dried
  • Relish/Mustard/Jam/PΓ’tΓ© – something extra to make the board special
  • Bread and/or crackers – variety is best

On a Friday night, I’ll usually get inspired to create a charcuterie board after a visit to the grocery store if I find fresh bread or visit their Mediterranean Bar. Typically, it’s a lazy board without all the fixings, but delicious and satisfying nonetheless πŸ˜‹

I LOVE visiting the Mediterranean Bar, can you tell πŸ˜‰

As I’ve mentioned in other posts (i.e. July 4th Eats & Treats) and on Instagram, Charcuterie is perfect for entertaining and has something for everyone, even the puppies 🐾❀. This board was created for our Christmas celebration with the family and I even made a sundried tomato cheese spread, to fit with the festivities πŸ˜‹

Don’t forget to blanch green beans πŸ‘

Heading into this July 4th, I decided to visit Pinterest for inspiration because I knew I’d be feeding a crowd and came across Patriotic Charcuterie Boards, which immediately beckoned me. Red, white and blue food items was a challenge made for Jackie’s Eats & Treats πŸ˜‰

As usual, I began my planning:

  • Red Food
    • Pepperoni
    • Salami
    • Radishes
    • Red Peppers, fresh, pickled or relish
    • Tomatoes, fresh or a dip
    • Strawberries, fresh or jam spread
    • Watermelon, fresh or pickled
    • Cherries
    • Red Apple Slices, keep those skins on
  • White Food
    • Cucumbers, just remove the green skin and you have white
    • Cheeses, of course
    • Cauliflower, fresh or pickled
    • White Asparagus, fresh or pickled
    • Turnip, fresh or pickled
  • Blue Food
    • Blue cheese, one of my absolute favorites
    • Blueberries, fresh or jam spread
    • Berry jam or chutney

Now with my inspirational food items in my Buy Me a Pie! app, it was time to head to the store. I’m much more of a savory fan when it comes to charcuterie and that was the direction I was heading in, so blue was a challenge for me, but I think I did well in the end.

I attempted to create an American Flag, thanks Pinterest, for the inspiration. Keep strolling to read about the yumminess I included.

Ingredients included in my Patriotic Charcuterie Board:

I hope this post will inspire your next Patriotic or entertaining festivities, cheers 🍻

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