Friendsgiving Charcuterie Board

boardI don’t know who came up with the idea of Friendsgiving, but I think it’s brilliant. I love my family so much and enjoy spending time with them. I also love the idea of giving thanks to your friends. And in the grand scheme of things, friends are family, aren’t they? Do you host or go to a Friendsgiving gathering every year? If you are new to the idea of Friendsgiving, it’s basically just a celebration of Thanksgiving dinner with your friends. It usually occurs on the Wednesday before or the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, since Thanksgiving is usually reserved for family gatherings. An assortment of food is prepared and stories are shared of why everyone is friends and thankful for each other. Typically the host prepares the turkey and everyone else brings a side dish (potluck style).

Appetizers are always my favorite food item to bring to a party. There’s nothing better than gathering around with your closest friends, drink wine and snack on yummy snacks. I absolutely love the idea of a Charcuterie Board to take to Friendsgiving dinner. You can simply turn a bland meat and cheese board into a work of art. Your friends will be totally impressed if you bring a charcuterie board to dinner this year.

You are probably asking what’s the difference between a cheese board and a charcuterie board. A cheese board is just a cheese board but a charcuterie board incorporates dry-cured or cooked meats, crackers, nuts and fruits. It’s a very bountiful platter that automatically adds a gourmet touch when entertaining, and they especially liven up the average finger food spread.

Now you are probably asking, “can I make this and take to any party?” Of course you can! This is not just geared towards Thanksgiving or even a holiday but any party or get together!

I purchased my charcuterie board from Bed, Bath & Beyond and purchased all of my food items from World Market and Mariano’s. You could also find items for your board at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or any other grocery store. Normally I over purchase food items and work around with what I bought. I always tend to have leftovers that don’t fit on the board, but it is better to have too much than not enough and have to run back to the store. When shopping I look for variety packs of cheeses and meats. It makes things much easier without buying such big packs of meat and cheeses.

Board 2

I like this round board because it has a lot of character. I like to start in the middle and work my way out. Here are some suggestions on what to place on your board.

  • Crackers
    • Multigrain
    • Poppy Seed
    • Pretzels
  • Bread
    • Pannetone
    • Ciabatta
    • Baguette
    • Pretzel Bread
    • Bagel Chips
  • Cheese
    • Brie
    • Iberico
    • Manchego
    • Cheddar
    • Blue Cheese
    • Goat Cheese
    • Gouda
    • Asiago
  • Meat
    • Prosciutto
    • Salami
    • Turkey
    • Pepperoni
    • Sausage
    • Chorizo
  • Fruit
    • Apples
    • Grapes
    • Pears
    • Apricots
    • Cherries
    • Cranberries
  • Nuts
    • Almonds
    • Cashews
    • Pistachios
  • Dip or spread
    • Mustard
    • Honey
    • Jam
    • Hummus
  • Veggies
    • Olives
    • Carrots
    • Celery
    • Roasted Red Peppers
    • Artichokes
    • Cherry Tomatoes

Tip: The more color the better! Also, there is no right or wrong way to arrange your board, you do you!

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I hope you found some inspiration! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

xoxo, Katie

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