Pumpkin spice, sweater weather, football games… there are plenty of reasons to love the month of October but, believe it or not, we have one more. October is National Cheese Month!
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this month than by creating a fall-inspired charcuterie board.
Here are a few tips on how to create an amazing autumn charcuterie board.
Cheese is always the most important part of a charcuterie board, but it’s even more important during National Cheese Month!
Having a variety of cheese types and flavors is key to any great cheese board. Be sure to offer a selection that includes a hard cheese such as Manchego, a semi-soft cheese such as Gouda, and a soft cheese such as Chevre or Brie.
Smoked cheeses are great for fall because they provide a warm, woodsy flavor! You may also be able to find autumn-inspired cheeses, such as a pumpkin goat cheese or an apple cheddar cheese.
Incorporate Fall Flavors
Cheese certainly isn’t the only way to incorporate fall flavors onto your autumn charcuterie board. Other elements that will provide autumn flavors are pumpkin seeds, cured or smoked meats, sliced figs, apple slices, dried pears, roasted nuts and, even, candy corn. You can also add a fun fall dip such as a sweet pumpkin cream cheese dip or a savory pumpkin hummus.
Add Fall-Themed Accents
Now that your charcuterie tastes like autumn, let’s make it look like it too! Start with a wooden cutting board or engraved butcher block. (If you’re making a small charcuterie board, opt for a cheese board like this marble and wood cheese board.)
Next, strategically place your cheese, meats and other food items on the board. Then, style the empty areas with fall-themed accents, such as small pumpkins, gourds, acorns, or leaves. Use autumn colored ramekin bowls to hold the dips, honey or small items, such as nuts or olives. You can even find fall-inspired accessories, like this autumn leaf cutting board or these fall leave cheese spreaders.
We’d love to see your take on an autumn charcuterie board. Share a photo on social media using the hashtag #28collective and we’ll check it out!