May 28, 2021

Homemade Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie is a French word about the preparation and preservation of meat products and Charcutier is the person who prepares it. Nowadays, charcuterie is not only for meats, but you can also put cheese, pieces of bread, crackers, nuts, fruits, vegetables, jams, dips, and many more. There are no hard rules on how to make a charcuterie board but you can find a lot of ideas, guides, and inspirations online. 

Whenever we stay or eat in a hotel, there is always cheese spread and cold cuts section but I don’t mind the cold cuts because I’m not fond of eating raw foods. Among the hotels that we have visited, Spiral has a room of cold cuts and cheese so it is a feast if you love cold cuts and cheese.

Then three years ago, we revisited Sofitel but we booked a Luxury Club Room for a new experience. During our stay we had access to Club Millesime Lounge, so we have All day complimentary food and beverage and even Cocktail and Scheduled Wine Tasting. The foods and drinks at the lounge are limited pero sayang naman if we will not eat there and we also want to experience the cocktails and wine tasting so yun na pinakadinner namin. And since the buffet spread is limited, we were able to try almost all the foods and that was the time that I finally explored different cold cuts and cheese.

Fast forward to last year, I made my own charcuterie board for our New Year’s Eve celebration. I bought the board at the department store, cold cuts at Alba’s, cheese and nuts from grocery, and fruits from the wet market. Cold cuts are a convenient food because it is easy to prepare, no need to cut or cook the meat. But as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like eating raw foods so I toast the meat in the toaster for few minutes and I cooked the chorizo de Bilbao. Then I just put everything on the cheeseboard. 

Mixed Nuts 
Mozzarella Cheese 
Quickmelt Cheese 
Jamon Serrano 
Tocino (Bacon) 
Chorizo de Bilbao 
Dinner Roll 

Among the Alba’s cold cuts, we like salchichon, pamplona, chorizo de bilbao and butifarra. So whenever we visit Alba, we always buy them. We love these mixed nuts too but it is a little bit expensive. Since this is so easy to prepare, I’m sure this will be part of our future celebrations. 

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