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We’re a few weeks into summer and I’m not going to lie, this is my favorite time of year! Nights out on the patio are my jam. Whether I’m with family, friends, or just hanging out with Tim and the girls, I love being outside.
We just finished our patio, and I’ve been having a lot of company over to enjoy it with us. The other night, I had some girlfriends over, and I wanted to make something easy yet tasty to go with our wine. I love bread, cheese, fruit and meats, so duh, charcuterie.
So today I’m going to show you how to make the perfect charcuterie board.
How to Make the Perfect Charcuterie Board
So to Start, Get a Board
This beautiful wood board was handmade by one of Tim’s uncles and I think of him whenever we use it. It’s the perfect base for our board!
Next Up, My Favorite, Cheese
For a group of four, I picked two soft kinds of cheese and one firm cheese. I stayed pretty basic since I don’t really know my guests’ cheese preferences. So on my board, you’ll find brie, a honey goat cheese, and fontina. I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like!
Don’t Forget the Meat!
I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge meat person, but that doesn’t mean you leave it off your board. I got two different types of meat – hard salami and prosciutto. The rule for this is two to three ounces of meat per person.
Bring on the Bread
Some say you need two to three different types of bread, but I have four people and am on a budget. I got a baguette at the store that is always a hit. A tip from me to you – don’t cut it all! If you cut as you go, it keeps the bread fresher.
Tis’ the Season, Get Some Fruit
I know fruit can be touch and go for a charcuterie board, but I say go for it. Fruits are in season, and I add grapes, blueberries, and strawberries to everything right now. Plus, I love fruit with wine!
Though not essential, a lot of charcuterie boards add nuts, olives, jams, pickles, and raw vegetables. Get creative! I added some of my mama’s amazing homemade raspberry jam, and it’s the best.
Last but not least…. Wine!
The final piece of a good charcuterie board is the wine. I love a good red blend or Cabernet Sauvignon. My current favorite is The Dreaming Tree. The Dreaming Tree makes high-quality, delicious wines at an affordable price point that are meant to be enjoyed on any group occasion.
In addition to the Crush Red Blend, The Dreaming Tree also has Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. The Dreaming Tree’s new packaging elevates the look and feels of this brand while the quality remains the same, making The Dreaming Tree a confident choice to share with friends and family.
These wines were designed to bring people together to share experiences with others, and what better season to fulfill this goal than the summertime. The Dreaming Tree is the perfect wine to bring along to your next get-together with family or friends, whether that be a backyard BBQ or a concert in the park – these wines are meant to be a part of those experiences.