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Have you ever had last-minute guests and had to quickly put something together?


This past weekend we had some friends come over last minute for a glass of wine {insert anxiety} I had to quickly figure something out. A glass of wine never turns out to be just a glass of wine, am I right? And you most certainly need some munchies while you are sipping on a glass of vino.


I had to tame the inner planner in me {I kinda need 2-3 days to plan every last detail out - it’s a blessing & a curse} and roll with it. With limited time, I decided on one of my go-to’s and one of my favorites {to eat & make} and threw together a charcuterie board. Garnished it with fresh strawberries & olive branch clippings from the yard.


I used to be completely intimated by charcuterie boards and thought they had to be some extravagant display. While charcuterie boards can be an elaborate display of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and veggies it certainly doesn't have to be. So I thought I'd share some tips I've learned along the way.


Choose your board or whatever piece you decide to display your spread.




Why do this first? For space planning, of course! I have found myself over-buying items and didn't have enough space for it all.


Think about it this way...it's like going to a furniture store and buying several pieces of furniture because you love it without measuring the room. The day your furniture arrives you're super excited to receive it. You watch the delivery guys/gals start unloading, unwrapping, and then they ask "where do you want it"? The anxiety quickly consumes you as you realize that the couch and loveseat are too big for your space.

I've used different displays over the years like metal, wood, and chalkboard/slate trays; cutting boards; long-serving platter. I'm longing for the day that I have enough guests where it can do a whole table display!


Here are some of my favorites from Sur La Table



Some great finds from Kirkland's


Once you decide on your board you can start your grocery list!



I am a fan of including cheese, meat, nuts, and fruit on one tray but it is a personal preference. You honestly cannot mess this up, that's one why I love charcuterie boards so much!


Where I shop really depends on the number of quests I will be entertaining but my primary grocers are Costco, Trader Joe's, and Wholefoods. Both have a great selection of meats and cheeses {my primary focus when creating my charcuterie boards}. I make my shopping selection from each of the categories below:


Hard Cheeses

  • Manchego

  • Aged Gouda

  • Parmigiano Reggiano

  • Merlot BellaVitano

  • Pecorino Romano

  • Cheddar

  • Havarti

Soft Cheeses & Spreads

  • Brie

  • Brillat-Savarin

  • Blue Cheese

  • Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread

  • Shallot & Chive Cheese Spread

Meats

  • Prosciutto

  • Dry Salami

  • Hard Salami

  • Jamon {Spanish Ham}

Fruits {fresh & dried}

  • Pears

  • Grapes