How to Make an Epic Holiday Charcuterie Spread I Hill Country Homestead Texas
Fall on the Homestead is always a busy time. Harvesting what produce we can from the last of the summer gardens, winterizing the animal’s and their housing, and always stockpiling resources and food. Fall happens so very fast and before we know it, the holidays are upon us. Winter on the homestead is host to an increased amount of indoor activities and projects, including but not limited to, cooking and decorating. Those two things go together right? I think so! One of my favorite things to do in my kitchen (when there is time!) is clean, organize and decorate!
Heading into the Holiday season, cheese and meat trays start showing up more and more on holiday themed tables. A great charcuterie tray is one of my favorite things to have as a snack or a meal. It’s always a really great way to introduce new and seasonal produce and different food items with the kids. They always seem more open to try new things when there is a smorgasbord of items, it seems to overwhelm and confuse them. Too many things to choose from and they are gently wooed into trying pomegranates and ricotta, win. Holiday decorating includes the food and dishes that we put together. Here are some holiday themed items we use on the homestead to make our homestead meat and cheese board’s Epic!
Reds Pomegranate Seeds, Organic Raspberries, Organic Cranberries, Organic Mandarins
Organic Green Onion, Organic Basil,
Organic Mint, Pickled Jalapenos
Cashews, Pasture Raised Salami,
Grass-fed Pastrami, Organic Cocktail Sausages
Marbled Rye, Croissant, Baguette, Croissant
CHEESE: Cheese is such a versatile ingredient. You can actually make cheese with just a gallon of Organic milk from the grocery store. A simple and great recipe for a quick mozzarella is here at Reformation Acres. The flavor of homemade cheese can’t be beat and it’s worth a try, just once. Otherwise, check your local farmers market or farm stand or try to choose a local brand from the grocery store. You are not only supporting a hard working farmer but their artisan wife as well.
The secret ingredient here is color, variety, and pattern. Use a design eye when creating the meat and cheese board, the same way you would if you were decorating the rooms of your home. Choose ingredients that demand to be arranged and designed in an epic and eye appealing way. When I make a great charcuterie board I like to use as many farm fresh ingredients as possible. Cured and pasture raised homestead meats, homemade or local cheeses, and locally grown organic vegetables and fruits. I like to be able to taste the art and hard work of the farm that it came from. It gives the food a story and tid bits of conversation. How do you style your appetizers? Do you change it up at the holidays?