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Check out this epic charcuterie board I put together for our super bowl party.  Yes, this beauty is a 6 foot long walnut charcuterie board.  Isn’t she lovely?

Walnut Charcuterie Board

Now you may be wondering where I got such a beast of a board.  Well I’m lucky enough to have a neighbor who likes to build wood cutting boards in his garage.  When asked if I wanted one, I said no as I already have a few to work with.  However, I asked “hey could you make me a 6′ long charcuterie board” and I was lucky he was up for the task.

If you’d like to do something like this you can probably commission someone on Etsy.com to make one for you, however I think the shipping costs would be insane.  If you’re handy at all and know anything about wood you could also go down to your nearest home improvement store and pick up a nice long piece of wood to work with.  Check out Youtube and see if you can find some tutorials.  You can learn how to build almost anything on Youtube.

You may be wondering why on earth I would want such a large board?  Well, you see, I do like to entertain a lot and cheese, meats and small bites are my favorite to throw together.  But on the smaller boards I’ve used in the past, I’ve always over loaded them.  And even though they were still delicious, they just weren’t as pretty in my eyes.  I like everything to be spaced out a bit.  And did I mention my husband has a HUGE family.  It’s not uncommon for us to have 60 people here for a kids birthday party or holiday.  This past super bowl was a perfect example of that.  But I didn’t mind, I was excited to put together this cheese board and show it off.

charcuterie board, appetizers

This charcuterie board was the life of the party, literally.  I laid it out on my counter, and even though we had a whole other food table dedicated to all of the potluck goodies, this baby was the main attraction.  People stood around it and talked, laughed and had a great time, all while not being too far from the nibbles.  Every time I looked over at it someone was standing over it picking their goodies and adding it to their plates.  The kids loved it too!  They especially liked the fruit selection.

Want to build an Epic Charcuteries Board like this one?  Grab any size board that is appropriate for your size of party and a few smaller bowls for dips and such and let’s get started!

Items I like!

Acacia Wood Board This is a very pretty board.  I love the look of Acacia wood.

Rustic Serving Board  This one has a gorgeous rustic look.
Long Serving Board This one measures 26″ long.  Not quite as long as mine but it’s a great size and price!

Cheese Knives You will need a good set of cheese knives to avoid the use of plastic utensils or worse, fingers all over your goodies!

White Mini Dip Bowls I like the look of clean white bowls paired with the wood boards.  Wood bowls or any small dip bowl of your choice will work though.  I just used what I had on hand but recently picked up some white bowls for my next party.

Meats:  You need a good selection of meats.  I recommend the following.

  • Prosciutto
  • Sopresatta
  • Salami
  • Pepperoni
  • Capocolla is great too but sometimes hard to find.  It’s a good substitution for pepperoni if you get the hot version.  Chorizo is another great spicy option.  Sometimes it’s fun to have something different for your guests to try.

Cheeses:  Rule of thumb is one soft, semi soft, semi-hard & hard.  I love cheeses so I go a bit crazy here.  Below are some I love.

  • Brie (soft)
  • Mozzarella
  • Gouda (soft)
  • Blue Cheese (semi-soft)
  • Gruyere (semi-hard)
  • Cheddar (hard)
  • Parmesan (hard)
  • Asiago (hard)

Other goodies:

Next go on to the fun stuff that really makes your board unique.  There are so many ways to play around with this.  If you do a Brie, you can bake it with a jam on top.  Recently I tried apricot jam with honey drizzled on top and a few pieces of rosemary.  It was delicious!  Or you can just cut the brie in wedges and serve it un cooked.  I also like it slightly warmed, spread on a cracker with honey and thin sliced apples.  Around thanksgiving I bake it with a cranberry relish on top with brown sugar.  As you can see, the options for brie are endless.

Goat cheese is another one that is delicious.  Try it paired with my favorite Fig spread and a raspberry on a cracker.  This is one of my favorite combos and so easy!  Even my kids like this one.

Other items that you’ll want to add are fresh fruit, dried fruit, maybe some baby pickles, a variety of olives, honey, different jams, and some mixed nuts.  This is what makes your board really unique.  Some of my favorites are…

Dried Apricots
Blood Orange Marmalade
Fig Spread
Marinated Olives
Honey

Really just think of all the yummy things people like to snack on and add that to your board.  Sometimes I even add  Chocolate Squares  if I’m serving strawberries.  Now of course keep in mind the number of guests you are serving.  You of course don’t need all of this for 4 or 5 people.  Pick a couple meats, cheeses, and the appropriate accompaniments and have fun with it.

charcuterie board, appetizers

Doesn’t this look delicious?  It’s making me want to raid my fridge to see what I have on hand to throw together.  If you decide to make one of these for your next get together let me know how it turns out!

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Becca