Let's make a gluten-free charcuterie board!
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Whether you are enjoying a movie night on the weekends, having brunch with your sweetheart, or want to wow your immediate family this holiday season, there's nothing like a charcuterie board filled with all types of gluten-free cheeses, crackers, and tasty treats!
A charcuterie board is a French term that means a display of cured meats, but I think we can all agree that cheese plays a big role as well. Charcuterie boards can be absolute works of art, including dips, olives, crackers, pretzels, fruit, vegetables, and garnishes. I found a meme somewhere that said charcuterie boards are just the adult version of Lunchables. As a 90's kid, I have to agree!
Charcuterie boards are like a fancy picnic - and you can customize them to include whatever you like. Depending on the season, your charcuterie board may have different ingredients or garnishes. If it's a spring charcuterie board, include spring vegetables, fresh berries, and honey. If it's a fall charcuterie board, try fresh herbs like rosemary, cranberries served over brie cheese, and walnuts. Or, you can throw everything out the window and just make your charcuterie board with whatever you want!
All you need to make a charcuterie board is a cutting board or wooden slab (in this photo, I use my pizza peel!), a granite slab, a baking sheet, or a large platter. You want something flat that you can arrange your ingredients. Also, I sometimes add a few small bowls or dishes for dips, sauces, or sides. After that, the only thing left is to display everything beautifully!
Here are some of my favorite gluten-free products for a charcuterie board:
Gluten-Free Crackers & Snacks
I love Lance Gluten-Free Baked Crackers, which taste just like Ritz crackers, and for some crispy and plain snack crackers, Milton's Craft Bakers, Nut Thins, and Good Thins are all tasty! If you are looking for a thicker multigrain cracker, try Mary's Gone Crackers. Snyder's of Hanover makes gluten-free pretzels that are scrumptious!
Gluten-Free Cheese & Meats
Cabot is my go-to brand for hard cheeses (especially because we love Vermont!) but also because their cheddar is lactose-free! Try mixing it up on your charcuterie board with some cheeses that are travel-inspired, like a manchego cheese from Spain or a fresh mozzarella from Italy. Be careful with meats and salami - always make sure they are gluten-free. I like Applegate and Boar's Head, and for Genoa salami, I love Columbus (also gluten-free).
Salami Roses: In this charcuterie board I have 2 salami roses, which are quite easy to make. All you need is a small drinking glass. Here's a link to a video tutorial to see how to make them.
Now let's put all of those snacks together! Here's how to make your own gluten-free charcuterie!
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Gluten-Free Charcuterie Board
How To Create A Gluten-Free Charcuterie Board
A great basis for making any type of charcuterie board!
- Cheeses: Hard or soft, like cheddar, gouda, manchego, brie, mozarella, monterey jack, colby, parmesan
- Meats: salami, pepperoni, proscuitto, jamón serrano,
- Vegetables: carrots, peppers, celery, cucumbers, olives, pickles,
- Fruits: dried fruits, figs, sliced apples, grapes, strawberries, raspberries
- Snacks: gluten-free crackers, gluten-free pretzels, nuts
- Spreads: jams, hummus, mustards, dips, honey
- Garnish: fresh herbs, like basil, rosemary, thyme
- Large cutting board, granite slab, or baking tray
- Sharp knife, for cutting
- Small bowls or jars
- Plates, for serving
- Gather all of your ingredients in one place. It's best to have everything flat and visible so that you can see where everything is going to go.
- Decide on placing the large items first. This usually includes soft cheeses, like brie cheese, or any blocks of cheese, or any dips/spreads you have in small jars or containers, like chutney, jams, honey, mustard, or even plates of nuts. Spread them out over your board and leave space in between. Once you have them placed, then you can fill in the empty space with other ingredients.
- With your largest items placed, start arranging crackers, sliced cheese, vegetables, and of course, meats all over the board. You can mix and match, create patterns, arranged in lines or swirls, or whatever floats your boat.
- If you notice any small spots or blank spaces, don't worry. Use some loose pieces of fruit, like grapes or figs, or even raspberries to cover them.
- Finish the charcuterie with your garnishes - fresh herbs, berries, flowers, knives for cutting, and plates for serving. Enjoy!
What do you like on your charcuterie board?
Let me know in the comments below!
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