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Charcuterie – Fancy Name, Easy Appetizer!

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Charcuterie – Fancy Name, Easy Appetizer!

Talk about SUCCULENT! You may have noticed the latest appetizer trend at bistros and dinner parties is the fancy-named Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) board. But this is not a new thing – Charcuterie can be traced back to the first century in France as a variety of unrefrigerated meats, primarily from pork.

There’s several ways to put together this easy appetizer. Focus on a few meats such as prosciutto and salami, then add in cheese, pickles and spreads. I also like to add in grapes or thinly sliced apples for even more variety and texture. A quick trip to the deli counter and farmers market, and you’re ready to go.

I purchased a large butcher block board on Amazon like this one, and use it only for charcuterie. You can also use interesting  baskets for bread, or additional smaller boards. Add in branches from a lemon tree, wild mint from the garden, or any edible plants you have growing in the yard such as a sprigs of rosemary or flowering nasturtiums. Think about color and contrast when developing your plate.

 

 

Here’s a quick list of ingredients you can use. Focus on about 6 – 8 items. Simple boards for smaller parties might just have 4 items. Stock up on olives, pickles, and other pantry-ready items, so you can put something together in a few minutes!

  • Meats: Prosciutto, Salami, Mousse or Pate, Pepperoni
  • Cheese: Hard Cheddar, Soft Brie, Goat Cheese Log, Spicy Swiss
  • Bread: French Bread, Toasted Pita, Crackers, Toast Triangles
  • Fruit and Vegetables: Grapes, Sliced Apple, Dried Apricots, Thin Sliced Radishes
  • Pickles and Olives: Cornichon Pickles, Stuffed Jumbo Olives, Black Kalamata Olives
  • Spreads: Whole Grain Mustard, Honey, Fig Jam
  • Nuts: Spicy Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Salted Cashews

This easy appetizer is super easy to assemble for any party. Use what you have on hand and make it simple! The most important thing is to have fun and make your Charcuterie Board your very own!

 

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Succulent Cafe – A Secret Garden

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Succulent Cafe – A Secret Garden

Succulent lovers, here’s an amazing place to stop on your way to San DiegoSucculent Cafe in Oceanside, CA. Have a cup of delicious locally roasted coffee, nosh a fresh baked pastry, cozy up in a chair and soak in the expanse of colorful varieties of succulents, art, and creative arrangements. The owner, Peter Loyola, has created a virtual secret garden right in the middle of town – vertical arrangements accented by drift wood, unique beds of Aoenium and blue fingers in repurposed rain gutters, and local artwork line the private, serene courtyard. Peter said his goal was stimulate all the senses, and he has succeeded!

On the weekends, the cafe features local music, including an occasional visit by harpist Geri Afshari. The private patio is also available to rent for private parties, the perfect atmosphere for a small reception. Like them on Facebook to get notifications of special events including art shows and musical events.

Featured in the Best of San Diego in San Diego Magazine, this little gem is worth the trip. Stop in and tell them you saw them on Everything Succulent!