Aren’t we all just about drowning in sweet treats around this time of year? Christmas cookies, puddings, candy, sugar plums, etc.
It’s time to make room for something savory. Move over gingerbread house, there’s a new edible abode taking center stage this holiday season. Let’s give a warm welcome to the “charcuterie chalet.”
The charcuterie chalet (pronounced “shahr-koo-tuh–ree”) provides a savory alternative for those looking to make something special this holiday season, that doesn’t involve gumdrops or royal icing.
Buy the ingredients you normally would for your average charcuterie board: meat, cheese, crackers, fruit, nuts, olives, pickles, and dips. Next, assemble the charcuterie home of your dreams.
For the meat component, you might try a sliced pepper salami for the roof. Prosciutto and ham can also be used to create a cute little walkway or row of bushes.
Soft cheese, like goat cheese or cream cheese, will be your friend when it comes to holding everything together. It can also be used to create the appearance of freshly fallen snow.
A variety of flavors will please your guests. Try including some cheddar, swiss, provolone, gouda, and Gruyère.
Sprigs of thyme and rosemary become trees and potted plants. Seeds and nuts can be used for detail work around the roof and windows.
Both dried and fresh fruits can be added to give pops of color and freshness!
Don’t forget to include those dips, olives, and pickles. Pick whichever flavors you and your loved ones enjoy best. Perhaps a roasted red pepper hummus, or a cool ranch dip.
You don’t even have to break the bank to enjoy this savory spread. Stores like Aldi and Trader Joe’s have quality, affordable meats, cheeses, and extras.
The best part about the charcuterie chalet: it doesn’t go stale.
A gingerbread house will quickly harden and become inedible.
The charcuterie chalets can be popped back in the fridge and nibbled on over the course of a few days. The perfect way to spend the holiday.
How would you assemble your charcuterie chalet? Let us know in the comments.