Ooh, I’ve been wanting to put together a vegan charcuterie board for some time, so I finally did it! I was really happy with the results and no doubt, this will become part of a Madden family tradition. Thanks to my beautiful, talented friend, Carrie (www.photosbycarriej.com/) for making it look delish.
There’s no real “recipe” to a charcuterie board, you just sort of build it, on a wooden or stone board. I experimented a lot with the best way to do this and this is what I found.
- Place the vessels and fill as desired. These are for dips, nuts and juicy things. Three or four different vessels works well. Mine were used for baby pickles/mixed olives, hummus, roasted almonds and a dessert dip. For the dessert dip I just mixed plain Kite Hill brand yogurt with peanut butter, cacao powder, a bit of maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla.
- Add anything big. In this case, it was stuffed mini peppers. I stuffed them with Kite Hill cream cheese and then sprinkled with Everything but the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joes.
- Add the cheezes, sliced and cubed. For this I used sliced vegan smoky cheddar and cubed vegan feta, both Violife brand. I like the taste of this brand and I usually find it at my local Grocery Outlet, so it’s affordable.
- Don’t forget the deli “meats.” I like Field Roast brand mushroom and balsamic deli slices.
- Add the crackers. For this I used Mary’s Gone Crackers Super Seed Crackers with Rosemary, pretzel chips and for the dessert dip, cinnamon graham crackers.
- Include more dippers – carrots and celery for the hummus and apples for the dessert dip.
- Fill in with grapes. You really want this to look overflowing, so these will go in any empty spaces.
This is my favorite kind of meal, a little of this, a little of that. I like the variety. So, I can see this becoming our regular Sunday dinner for the foreseeable future. Experiment with what you like, change it up, create your own. Try my formula to build and if you find a better way, let me know. Most of all, this is to be enjoyed with your favorite people.