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Charcuterie Wreath – So CUTE for the Holidays!
Have you ever thought to make a Christmas wreath charcuterie board? I saw this idea recently and thought it would be perfect for a holiday gathering.
What is a charcuterie board?
Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is really an art of preparing and arranging cured meats, cheeses, olives, and fruit on a wooden board.
I like to think of a charcuterie board as an adult meat and cheese tray, but think “fancy” meats and cheese. And, you can create these boards to fit any holiday or theme – like this cute, patriotic board for the 4th of July!
Ingredients for a Christmas charcuterie wreath:
A charcuterie wreath is a festive, holiday spin on a traditional charcuterie board. It features all your favorite antipasto ingredients put together on skewers and placed in a circle – making your wreath! Gather a variety of these ingredients for a delicious appetizer:
- Cured meats such as pepperoni, salami, sausages, and prosciutto
- Various cheeses like brie, smoked gouda, goat, cheddar, or Swiss cheese
- Fruit and veggies like grapes and cherry tomatoes
- Dried fruit
- Olives and mini pickles
- Roasted red peppers
- Artichoke hearts
- Fresh herbs to look like the greenery of a wreath – Rosemary sprigs and Oregano work great!
How to make a wreath charcuterie board:
- Prep your ingredients. Since your skewers are only 4″ long, you'll want your ingredients to be in bite-sized pieces. Cut cheese into cubes, slice red peppers, wash fruits and veggies, etc. It helps to consolidate all of your ingredients onto one big plate for easy skewering.
- Place about half of your rosemary sprigs onto your serving tray to make green base of the wreath. Set aside the other half and the oregano to fill in later.
- Thread your ingredients onto a skewer. This can be at random, there doesn't have to be a pattern or specific items together – you can just grab and stab! I found that I could fit about 4-5 different items on each skewer with room for people to pick up the toothpick.
- Place your skewers around the tray in a circle, leaving a hole in the middle. Think of it like a clock – start at the top and just work around until the circle is complete. Once you have a whole circle, begin a second layer, slightly set in.
- Place your remaining rosemary and oregano sprigs throughout to add additional greenery.
- Serve and enjoy! You can pair with small dishes of dips like mustard or honey nearby or eat as-is.
Have a charcuterie lover in your life? This cheese board + knife set makes the perfect gift!
If you're hosting for the holidays and want to include a dessert board, check out this fun buttercream board – so on trend on delicious!
Making a charcuterie board can get a bit pricey so this isn't something I do on a regular basis. But, for holidays or special occasions you bet I will be making these! Aldi is also a great place to find specialty cheeses at a reasonable price.
Here are a few more recipes perfect for gatherings!
- Snack Board (perfect for kids!)
- Waffle Bar Ideas
- White Chocolate Snack Mix
- Homemade Chex Mix Recipe
- Hot Chocolate Bombs
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