Charm Up Your Charcuterie Board

I have to admit something that’s rather embarrassing but I’ll do it for the sake of food! It wasn’t until I moved to Texas that I heard the term “charcuterie board.”

A charcuterie board was always referred to as a meat and cheese platter where I grew up so I had no idea the term existed. Now that I know what a charcuterie board is, I had to make one for our family football-watching game day. I love that a board can be tailored to any group or occasion with meats, cheeses, sweets, and savory nibbles. It’s also a great way to clean out our fridge and pantry by using all the random food items you’ve been meaning to use but haven’t. I wanted a healthier version so I loaded my board with protein-packed food items.

Hiland Charcuterie Board

Ingredients

  • Hiland Dairy Cheeses
  • Hiland Dairy Cottage Cheese Cups
  • Hiland Dairy Cream Cheese
  • Variety cuts of meat
  • Variety of crackers
  • Marinated olives
  • Variety of vegetables
  • Raspberry preserves
  • Small can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce

Instructions

  • Wash your charcuterie board (I used a slate cheese board with warm soapy water. Pat dry and set aside.
  • Dice blocks of Hiland Dairy Cheese.
  • Cut cream cheese in half and place on a square of parchment paper. Place on the board.
  • Add ¼ cup of the raspberry preserve to a small bowl. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chipotle pepper adobo sauce (depending on your heat preference) and mix well. Pour-over cream cheese square.
  • Slice meats and vegetables.
  • Place all the ingredients randomly on your board and serve.

Diva’s Tip: I used a Hiland Dairy Zesty Fiesta Cottage Cheese Cup for a vegetable dip or to spread on crackers. Yum!

~ The Dairy Diva