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{flavor stories} holiday cheese & charcuterie boards...

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Hello, happy December! I love that the holidays are upon us as I'm keen on twinkly lights, decorated trees, and cozy nights cuddled by the fire. But even more so, I love how stocked the shelves are at the grocers and food shops this time of year...it makes for the best cheese & charcuterie boards! With that in mind, today, we're talking pretty holiday boards.

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They're easy to prepare and are perfect for a quick brunch, an appetizer, or even as a great main course for a casual dinner with friends. I typically make my boards super simple, often using them as a way to learn about meats and cheeses I haven't tried before. The ones I'm sharing today have the charcuterie and cheeses separate, but I love composing a board with the both as well. I serve them with crackers, sweet olive oil tortas {pictured above}, or fresh bread garnished with a side of grain mustard {I like kozlik's triple crunch} and sometimes even a drizzle of wildflower honey. 

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For my cheese board {pictured at top}, I like a mix of hard and soft cheeses. At the cheese shop, I often ask what their favorites are that day and mix their favorites with mine. Today I chose a beautiful Ash Covered Triple Cream, Canadian Oka, Manchego, Crottin de Chavignol {on the apprentice's recommendation}, and a Swiss herb cheese I'd never seen before. I garnished it with walnuts, fresh figs, and pomegranate seeds. For my charcuterie board {pictured just above and below}, I used rustic farmer's sausage, thinly sliced Lachsschinken, cured Venison sausage, thinly sliced Baurnspeck, dry cured Wild Boar sausage, and Salami Gentile. I garnished that with roasted and salted pistachios {yum!}, cornichons, caper berries, and dried black mission figs.

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Both versions are simple to make. Just arrange your charcuterie and cheese on a beautiful wooden board or platter, pour a couple glasses of your favorite beer, some port or sparkling water {I love this one in pomegranate & elderflower flavor} and you're set!

Nikole

{photos by Michael Graydon, styling by Nikole Herriott for Oh Joy}

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