Truth be told, on average dads tend to be anything but trendy. But we bet they will be all about the latest party snacking trend – the charcuterie board. Charcuterie boards are popping up all over everyone’s feeds and party tables. We all love to graze and there are no rules to this snacking option- it’s a win, win. Build them as small or as big as you want to entertain the smallest or biggest group.
Do some recon to find out if there are any cheeses, meats, crackers, nuts, mustards, fruits (dried and fresh), pickles and jams that Dad loves and you can build a platter that won’t disappoint. Follow these tips to create the ultimate charcuterie board to feed dad and your guests this Father’s Day. For other occasions choose to create a theme around the foods and flavors you offer or go a traditional route by mixing everyone’s favorite crackers, meats and cheeses.
Tara from Spot of Tea Designs built this charcuterie board, photographed and wrote about it too. From special occasions to every day, her blog is packed with useful tidbits- like a charcuterie platter!
- Use smaller containers. Small bowls can hold jams or jellies, dipping sauces, spreads, items that might roll, like olives, or things that otherwise would be tainted by touching other items. Tip: don’t forget to include a small knife or spoon for those options that need it.
- Mix textures and flavors in one setting. Sweet, salty, spicy, crunchy, soft and juicy. All these flavors and textures belong on your charcuterie board and everyone will appreciate the options!
- Use a strong surface. You can create your charcuterie board on the traditional wood cutting board surface, or use a corralling option, like this football tray to hold everything together. The latter is great if you plan to transport your snack option to a new location or table surface.
- Include toothpicks. Insert them in mozzarella balls, juicy tomatoes or even cheese bites. Guests will appreciate keeping their hands clean when selecting their snack choice.
- Vary your presentation style. Thicker sliced pepperoni pieces are easy to fan out for selection, while thinner, larger slices of salami can be folded.
- Vary your cuts. Hard cheeses can be cut in a variety of shapes, like slices, cubes or triangles. Pair that with our last tip and you can create a unique display of these shapes on your board.
- Vary your colors. Chances are dad won’t pay attention to your separation of colors but YOU will! Consider spreading out your foods of the same color family or add in some additional color choices with dried fruits.
- Fan it out. Some items work great when displayed in a pile while others, like flat crackers, look more appealing when fanned out. Tip: grapes look great clustered on your board, but snip the bunch into smaller bundles before displaying. This will allow guests to choose a small bundle upon added it to their plate.
- Buy assortment sets. To save on costs for your charcuterie board, buy assortment sets of crackers, meats or cheeses. These boards are just as effective with 3 pieces of 10 different things as 10 pieces of 3 different things.
- Provide small tableware options. Compliment your snack board with small plates, napkins and cutlery so everyone can make their own little plates. If dad thinks he’s the 12th man, these 7” football plates and matching napkins help keep this sporty theme snack tray going.
Since dad is always such a good sport, you can show your gratitude by preparing a gift that he will love. Be sure to include some of Dad’s favorite snacks in the mix.