I really, really miss big a** charcuterie boards. You know the kinds that are just so massive, even your group of girlfriends after two bottles of wine can’t seem to polish it off. All that cheese, crackers, bread, nuts, cured meats, fruits, veggies…my heart weeps at the thought of it. My craving for charcuterie couldn’t be tamed for much longer, so I decided to just make a mini charcuterie board for one.
To make this lovely board, I followed my cheeseboard formula. An easy base for any cheeseboard is adding two types of cheese and one type of meat. If you plan on serving three types of cheese, two types of meat (like prosciutto and pepperoni) will do swimmingly.
Once you have your two types of cheeses and your one meat, you add some type of carb (or two), something savory, something sweet, and for extra credit, something you can spread.
Even when making a mini charcuterie board for one, the formula works well. The trick is not putting too much of each item on your plate! Just a small taste of everything to satisfy you. And to be quite honest, even after adding a little bit of everything, this was still an incredibly filling meal. I actually had the whole thing for lunch.
What I put on my mini charcuterie board
Again, you can follow my cheeseboard formula and literally do any type of charcuterie board you want. But if you need some inspiration, here’s the one I recently threw together.
- Two cheeses: 1/2 oz. of creamy Bloomy Breeze cheese (or brie), 1/2 oz. cupola cheese
- One meat: 2 oz. prosciutto
- One carb: 6 slices of sourdough rye crispbread
- Something sweet: 1/2 sliced peach and 1/4 cup of seedless red grapes (and a mini caramel chocolate bar)
- Something savory: 1 oz. of almonds (rosemary flavored)
- Something to spread: 1 tbsp. Everything butter
As you can see, I loosely followed my formula here. I added a bit more sweet than savory and didn’t feel like adding two carbs to the plate. The crispbread felt like the perfect carb for such a spread (especially with the seedy Everything butter and the creamy Bloomy Breeze) and I didn’t feel the need to add anything more.
So, what would you add to your mini charcuterie board? You can always splurge on a little board and knife set for the next time you enjoy this happy hour snack for one.
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