Recipe by: Valerie Musser
Charcuterie cheese boards are a staple appetizer offering anytime, but especially during the holidays. In this tutorial, I have specifically selected items to pair best with Lucy ™ Glo & Lucy ™ Rose Apples. Not only are they delicious, but they make a statement on any cheeseboard due to their unique coloring and delicious crisp flavor. Lucy ™ apples, are part Honeycrisp. Lucy™ Rose, has that sweet tangy flavor, crunch and uniquely also hints of berry. This apple tastes extraordinary with alternative milk cheese like Manchego, goat, and wine-soaked cheeses, while Lucy™ Glo, has a bit more of a tart and sweet flavor profile that is accentuated by traditional cheddars and other cow’s milk based cheeses.
Use my tips and tricks below, to make your cheeseboard easy and beautiful.
Gather your materials:
A food safe platter. I like using a big wooden round board, or a long rectangular board if I am making this my dining tables centerpiece.
Small cups or saucers for little candies, or nuts. I keep nuts separated from the rest of the food items, to prevent cross contamination with nut allergies. Of course, if you have someone with a severe nut allergy, you should always eliminate the nuts or create a nut free second board.
Cheese knives. Cheese knives are great to have on the board, so that people are not struggling to break up the large chunks of cheese with the wrong utensil. If you do not have cheese knives, cut the cheese ahead of time before adding it to the board.
Small spoons, forks, and picks. Small spoons are excellent for scooping up the appropriate amount of dip. Forks are great for pickles and picks are wonderful for grab and go items. I like to store these, in little cups, on the board itself. If they are off to the side, people tend to not see them.
Rosemary. Rosemary is a great tool for adding a pop of green and keeping items on the board. Think of it as a type of decorative fence. Since rosemary pairs so well with meat, cheese, and apples, it is the perfect addition. Not to mention, it looks fabulous!
In the picture below I have labeled the items on my cheeseboard. Every board is different, and I like to pick new seasonal offerings with each one that I do. These board items are very easy to source year around, and the Lucy™ Apples look just amazing on it! All the cheeses, crackers and other snacks were specifically chosen to pair perfectly with the Lucy ™ brand of apples.
- Lucy ™ Glo & Lucy ™ Rose Apples
- Cornichon Pickles
- Dye free M&M’s
- Italian Dry Salami
- Gluten Free Sweet Potato Crackers
- Wine-Soaked White Cheddar Cheese
- Sopressata Salami
- Pita Crackers
- Seasoned Mixed Nuts
- Smoked Gouda Cheese
- Tomato Basil Cheddar
- Garlic & Rosemary Crisps
- Raisin & Herb Crisps
- Manchego Cheese
- Parmesan Wheels
- Dark Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks
When I build a board, I start with my cups or saucers first. By placing those, you can build out from there. I find in this order; it makes it easier and has less gaps.
- Saucers /Cups fill with nuts, dips, olives, honey, or anything else that is “wet”
- Add Lucy ™ Apples sliced ahead of time dried fruits and/or veggies
- Fill gaps with rosemary, or separate fragrant cheese and meats with rosemary sprigs.
- Chocolate chunks or small candies are excellent for filling small gaps.
Use a variety of container heights and sizes, it adds dimension. Adding a few seasonal gourds, greenery and or Lucy ™ Apples cut horizontally looks very beautiful and really adds to the overall appeal.
It is hard to go wrong with a charcuterie as the variety lends itself to many different pallets and age groups.