The holidays are a HUGE thing in my house. Specifically, the meals! We go all out. All the trimmings, a huge table filled to the brim with family, and of course, phenomenal wines. I already shared with you guys my holiday wine picks for this year but I was asked about recipes and food as well so here we go with my holiday spread. I thought I would do this in bits and start with appetizers.
Being the winos that we are I love nothing more than a HUGE charcuterie and cheese plate or something of the sort. Anything on a board that goes well with wine hahaha. When I am hosting at my house this is what I tend to stick with (except for a progressive dinner party then I do super tasty, filling finger foods that I will share with you later). Anyways, this past weekend I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for my husbands side of the family and wanted to share with you my table scape and the appetizers. Next week I will share with you the entree part of my holiday spread and lastly the dessert.
Holiday Spread – The Appetizers
Ok, so I’ve made it very clear over and over that I love charcuterie and cheese. Nothing pairs better with wine AND it makes for a beautiful centerpiece. However, they can get really freaking pricey. All those exotic cheeses and meats come with a hefty price tag! Sometimes I am spending upwards of $100 for one board. Well, last night I did something different. As you may know, I have been getting the Gusto Di Roma monthly food shipments. Well, each month I have stuff leftover (vinegars, oils, mustard, crackers, meats, olives, etc.) so I figured why not put it all together with the beautiful stuff sent to me for December and make an improvised charcuterie board.
It couldn’t have been a bigger hit! The whole family commented on not only how unique of an appetizer spread but, also, how well the foods paired with the wines we drank before dinner. P.S. Did I mention that this cost me literally a fraction of the price from what I normally make and have to buy at the grocery store?! Can’t beat it! Anyways, let me know if you have any questions about the appetizer part of my holiday spread and let me know what your favorite holiday appies are! I’ll see you back here next week with the entree part of the dinner. Happy eating and drinking, friends.
PS. Some Tips….
Ohhhh and if you aren’t already a member of Gusto Di Roma…you should be! HAHA. You can check them out here. But seriously, if you don’t have these foods readily available like I did to make such a quick, delicious spread here are some appetizer board tricks to keep in mind:
- Go for texture! Different heights and sizes are always appealing to the eye.
- Research beforehand! Be sure to look up the types of foods that will pair best with the wines you will be serving
- If doing cheese and meats, make sure to get those that pair best with one another. It can make a huge different.
- Chose a variety of color if aesthetics are as important to you as they are to me haha.
- Don’t be afraid to go overboard. Some of the prettiest appetizer boards are those that are FILLED with foods.
- Lastly, if you don’t seem to have enough or the board isn’t looking as nicely as you hoped add some fresh green sprigs from the garden. Eucalyptus or olive branch are always a perfect go-to!