A Charcuterie board is such a popular and trendy appetizer tray to serve for any occasion but especially when you can tailor your food to match a good Patriotic celebration.
Our Red White and Blue Charcuterie board is a great idea for any Patriotic celebration or sports event when these are your team colors. Pronounced [shahr-koo-tuh–ree] and isn’t that fun to say, this popular appetizer is quite versatile. Traditional charcuterie boards are made up of a combination of meats and cheeses but we have evolved into making ours tailored for our event. This one is specially designed for a Patriotic celebration.
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As Americans, we look forward to Memorial Day weekend in May because it kicks off our summer celebrations. Here in the deep south, it is generally almost time for school to get out for the summer and we are just looking for any reason to celebrate.
Patriotic holidays to celebrate
- Presidents Day-January
- Memorial Day-May
- Flag Day-June
- Independence Day- July
- Labor Day-September
- Columbus Day-October
- Veterans Day-November
Ingredients for Our Patriotic Charcuterie Board
The sky and your wallet is the limit when setting up a charcuterie board. It can be as expensive or frugal as you like. We are featuring red white and blue foods on ours and the cost wasn’t so bad. Assorted red and blue fruits, dips, and cheeses pair well to make an epic Cheese board. We skipped the meat for this charcuterie board since there will be plenty of meats on our party buffet.
- Gouda Cheese
- Pepper Jack Cheese
- Blueberry Goat Cheese
Crackers and Bread
- Water crackers
- Clubhouse crackers
- Toasted Crostini
Red White and Blue Spreads and Candies
- Blue wrapped candy, like Dove Milk chocolates
- Red wrapped candy, like Dove Milk chocolates
- Red candy, like Twizzlers
- Small pretty containers
- Large white platter
How To Set Up A Cheese Board
First pick your platter, board or tray
Even an oversized serving platter like your Thanksgiving turkey platter will work or a wooden cutting board. The more creative, the more fun! If you have a board or platter but don’t want the design on it to show, cover it with brown paper which will only add character.
Use small bowls
Use small bowls, like these Ramekins for some of your ingredients like dips for crackers, jams, olives, pickles, small candies and berries. Place those bowls onto your tray first before adding anything else. You can always move them around while styling your board but you want to be able to know there is enough space for all of your small bowls. You can always refill the meats, cheese and crackers and for that matter the bowls too.
Styling the food
Alternate the colors of your food choices. One row of red meats or fruits followed by white cheese and next blue fruits or candies. Continue your color pattern while filling your food board around the small bowls you are using.
You could also create a one red section, one white section and one blue section around your ramekin bowls. Yet another perfect way to set up your patriotic platter would be to create an American flag cheese tray using the food to create the flag.
Be sure to fan out the cheese slices making them easier to pick up. A fun way to display your white cheddar is to use a star cookie cutter to make little stars with the cheese which adds character to your tray. Slice the cheese thin first and then use the cookie cutter.
Provide all of the right serving utensils for fetching the goodies from your large appetizer spread. You will want small spoons for dips, small tongs, cheese knife and even some party toothpicks as long as the colors match your patriotic cheeseboard.
More Great Ideas for Your Charcuterie Board
When it comes to styling Charcuterie boards, you are only limited by your imagination and wallet. You can make a small one like we did or a great big one for a crowd. These are fun to do for date nights too. Imagine a quiet evening along in front of the fireplace. Here’s a list of food items for you to consider.
- Deli meats
- Variety of meats like; Salami, Prosciutto, cured sausages
- Deli meats are cheaper, have them cut thin and roll them pretty
- Blue corn chips
- Blue fruit like fresh blueberries
- Red Peppers
- Red Fruit like fresh strawberries
- Aged cheese you can slice of cut in chunks
- Brie cheese
- Variety of crackers and breads
Now matter how you set up your charcuterie board, it’s bound to be a huge hit with your crowd and the best part is that there is no cooking involved. Is there a recipe? Not really, you get to play with it and use the foods and snacks you and your bunch enjoy.
Our simple red white and blue charcuterie board is fairly inexpensive to make. Use our ideas and build your own from there.
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