I meant to get this Holiday Charcuterie post out last week after my family luncheon, but you know how it is this time of year! I had a lovely time with my brother who was in from Colorado and hosting my family for a lunch. As I mentioned last week, our group included a vegan, three vegetarians, my brother with lactose intolerance, me on Weight Watchers, and a 5 year old. Gone are the days of yore when Mom would just put out food and we’d eat, or not. Lol. Anyway, it actually worked really well and I wanted to share the menu.
Charcuterie Board – Veg: green and red peppers, celery, carrots, cucumber, radishes. Meat: salami, turkey pepperoni, prosciutto. Cheese: stilton, brie, smoked gouda, cheddar, cranberry goat cheese. Other: olives, candied walnuts, hummus, crackers and lavash. Plus chips and salsa.
Vegan Pumpkin Soup, Salads (made by my nieces), Vegan bread (made by my nephew-in-law and 5 year old grand niece) and Ciabatta bread with butter and Earth Blend vegan butter (aka margarine)
Ice Cream Sunday Bar – Vegan and regular vanilla ice cream, peppermint stick ice cream, mini M&M’s, homemade chocolate sauce, whipped cream, pecans. Plus “Marion’s Bars” which is a family favorite originally made by my Great Aunt Marion and now my niece Katie has taken over the job. Fun fact: we thought it was a “family recipe” closely held by my Aunt until she passed away and my Mom came across the recipe – which had been cut from a magazine! Lol. It’s basically graham crackers, chocolate chips, coconut and sweetened condensed milk. Total yum.
It all worked really well – there was something for everyone and lots we could all happily share. I’m a big believer with family dining that everyone should really be eating basically the same thing. It feels more “family” and less “restaurant” if you know what I mean.
What never works well with me – I never take many photos. By the time I get everything set up and cooked, people are walking in the door and I just don’t have the bandwidth to take lots of photos. I don’t know how people do it!
My simple place setting. And below a very sad photo… I literally took this as people were walking in the door. (bad blogger). Also, I can’t find my colorful Christmas tablecloth!
And my holiday mantle.
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Charcuterie boards are easy to assemble but no double, fairly expensive. But when serving many dietary needs, they make a lot of sense!
Here are some other board inspirations:
How do you handle lots of different dietary needs?