APRIL 1, 2019 / POPLAR CREEK KITCHEN
Charcuterie Boards seem to be the “it” thing right now. Everywhere you look on Instagram there are traditional simple boards to themed elaborate boards. I’ve always wanted to try one but my family is not big on soft cheeses that are traditionally found on charcuterie boards. Hello lactose intolerance… So I decided I’d give it a try using ingredients that we love to eat. My easy brunch charcuterie board is super kid friendly and I will admit… there are several shortcuts I took but the end is so worth it!
WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD YOUR CHARCUTERIE BOARD
Before you begin, you have to start with a base. I found a very basic but large cutting board on clearance at Homegoods. My board only cost me $12 and I can definitely use it in more ways than one. If you don’t already have a cutting board, you can use a serving platter, tray, or your imagination. How about a themed s’mores board using a cast iron skillet as your base?
You’ll also need serving utensils and small ramekins or bowls to hold your jams and spreads.
WHAT SHOULD YOU PUT ON YOUR BRUNCH BOARD
This is truly the fun part of building a board. You can really put on it what you desire. Since the theme of this charcuterie board is brunch, I went with easy no fuss breakfast items. And when I say no fuss, I truly mean no fuss. For starters, I planned out all of my meats.
~ Smoked Salmon
Next, I thought about my baked goods. I wanted items that would be filling but also easy to eat. This is also where I saved time. For my board, I decided to go with:
~ Mini Muffins
~ Mini Bagels
~ Mini Waffle Stacks
For each one of my baked goods, I chose to go with store prepared or frozen… Yup! You heard me right. For the sake of time, because we all know how hard it is to do anything with small kids, I decided to let my grocery store do all the work.
Wegmans has the very BEST muffins I’ve ever tasted so I used their minis as well as their mini bagels. For the biscuits, I used frozen pillsbury biscuits and the waffles were frozen Eggos. I created mini waffle stack by scewering 3 waffles, one blueberry and one raspberry. Then I dusted it with powdered sugar!
For the jams, I chose strawberry and peach that I also found at my local Homegoods. When thinking about my bagels, I went with plain bagels to suit many tastes but decided to go the sweet and savory route. I used strawberry cream cheese and sour cream and chives cream cheese. Both were prepared at Wegmans. I also included thinly sliced onions, capers and smoked salmon for the bagels.
Lastly, I filled in my board with a variety of fresh fruits.