How To Make A Fall Charcuterie Board Showstopper (by Fischer & Wieser Executive Chef Amy Maize)
I’ve had so much fun since joining the Fischer & Wieser Culinary Cooking School as the Executive Chef this past March. One question I get often is how to build tasty and artful charcuterie boards. Well, I have one word for you – showstopper!
Sure, you can throw together a mix of favorite meats, cheeses, jams, fruits, and vegetables and call it a day. I love to create a themed board that will feature a focal point that will be sure to turn heads and start some friendly banter.
Some ideas of showstopper boards I have created in the past have included:
- Brunch – Make Bloody Mary Building the highlight of this board by adding the ingredients for Bloody Mary’s and all the accoutrements. You can even have small grilled cheese sandwiches to top just like you see at your favorite brunch spot.
- Mother’s Day – Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries or Mini Strawberry Shortcakes the focus of this board. Add mini pancakes with Old-Fashioned Peach Preserves to spread on top.
- Father’s Day – Make a tie out of cured meats, cheeses, and fruit.
- Football Tailgate – Large Pretzels, F&W’s Brat Haus Beer Mustard, and Beer Cheese, and a football shaped cheese ball.
- Halloween- Use cookie cutters to shape cheese into Halloween figures. Use fruits and cheese that are orange and black. Pumpkin Shaped Cheeseball as the center piece.
- Thanksgiving – An assortment of mini hand pies (you can use Fischer and Wieser’s pie filling), gravy dip and a cranberry cheese ball.
As I have learned in the past, make sure you have purchased or prepared enough of your Showstopper for refills as it will surely be the first to go.
For the upcoming Halloween holiday, we are making this spooky-lious board that will be sure to delight all that dare to take a bite!
Chef Maize’s Haunted Charcuterie Board
Ingredients you will need.
Manchego Cheese- sliced
Sartori Rosemary Asiago Cheese- cubed
Cheddar Cheese- cubed
Cream Cheese- pumpkin
Muenster cheese- cubed
Italian Dry Salame
Jalapeno stuffed olives
Halloween inspired cookie cutters
How to Arrange a Charcuterie Board:
- Choose your board
- Start with cheeses
- Fold and add meats
- Add savory and sweet accompaniments
- Add spreads
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