Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread

/// May 7th, 2015


Today on my blog I’ll be showing you exactly how to make an easy and delicious Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread! Perfect for light dinners, picnics in the park, or parties on the deck!
Let’s get this Summertime cheese & charcuterie party started!

Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread If you’ve been following along with my blog this week, I’m sure one thing has rang pretty clear… I CANNOT WAIT FOR SUMMER. Dining Al fresco, concerts in the park, bocce ball and long picnics with friends. I am ready for it all!  Today I’m sharing with you my go-to Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie spread. Because um… who doesn’t love to spread out a blanket, pour some vino, and pair with the bread, cheese, and meat? Read on to learn how I pack the ultimate cheese & charcuterie picnic basket.

Learn how to make the ULTIMATE Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread Today’s post is proudly brought to you by the kind folks over at Ribera y Rueda wines. They were sweet enough to send us two bottles of their delicious wine, and the minute I set eyes on the beautiful bottles, I knew they were destined to pair with meat and cheese. But I digress! Let’s talk a little more about THE WINE. For 2,000+ years, winemakers from Ribera and Rueda – located in northwest Spain and only about an hour away from Madrid – have cultivated what’s new and what’s next in every vineyard and vintage they produce. Rueda Verdejos (white grape varietal) are bright, crisp and creative. It’s also perfectly refreshing on a HOT Summer evening! Ribera del Duero Tempranillos (red grape varietal) are bold, rugged and ripe. I drink red wine year round and loved this variety with steak right off the grill ♡♡♡.

FYI: When you’re ready to serve the Ribera Tempranillo, open the bottle and let it breath for around 10-15 minutes. The Rueda Verdejo is best served chilled.

Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread Alright alriiiiiight. So now that we know what wine we’re serving and how to serve it, let’s dive into the FOOD. Today’s Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread is inspired by a recent trip I took to New Orleans. We ate at an outdoor restaurant and experienced an EPIC charcuterie experience. I mentally tucked away what I liked best about the board, what I wish would have been included, and what I knew would pair well with wines both red and white and created this: The ULTIMATE Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread.

Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread This board features salty prosciutto, spicy capicola, and salami as the meat options. For the cheese we have brie, blue, and asiago. I like to buy at least a 1/4 pound of each PER PERSON… but you can do more or less depending on your audience. In the recipe box below I have included the exact recipe for the tomatoes and strawberries, but if you need more help crafting the perfect board, send your questions this way :)
Learn how to make the ULTIMATE Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread
Now, let’s talk condiments! For this spread I roasted both tomatoes (in just salt, pepper, and olive oil), garlic (roasted with the tomatoes then spread on baguette), and strawberries (in balsamic and olive oil). <—– Those three roasted items in my opinion are the true stars of the spread. I also added garlic stuffed olives and cornichons because I believe every charcuterie board should have them on it! Lastly. The Baguette. I suggest finding a baguette that features a bold flaky crust and a soft, easily chewable interior. I like to cut half the baguette into bite-sized pieces, and leave the other half whole, encouraging guests to get in there and tear off any size piece they’d like.
Learn how to make the ULTIMATE Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread
See you soon with something SWEET. xoxo.

Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread

Ingredients

  • For the Tomatoes:
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 5 cloves of garlic (in peels, excess paper removed)
  • For the Strawberries:
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled, and cut in half vertically
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. For the tomatoes:
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees (F). Toss tomatoes and garlic cloves with oil, salt and pepper. Pour out into a baking roast for 1 hour, or until soft and just about to burst. Allow tomatoes to cool slightly before serving. Use roasted garlic to spread onto baguettes, if desired.
  3. For the strawberries:
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Toss berries with oil and vinegar, then roast for 40 minutes. Serve with cheese and meat platter (this goes great with baguette, brie, and a salty cured meat).
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3 thoughts on “Summertime Cheese & Charcuterie Spread

  1. Eileen

    Oh man, yes please! This spread looks like the ideal way to spend a hot summer afternoon — just snack after sip after snack. :) Yay!

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