If you know anything about me, you know that I could live off of only cheese, bread, chocolate, and good wine. I’m teaming up with the French Ministry of Agriculture to show you how to prepare the perfect (and easiest) fall charcuterie. My dad is basically a master of the charcuterie board. Anytime even a few of us get together my dad constructs an insane and elaborate charcuterie board filled with a plethora of meats and cheeses, fruits, nuts, jams, olives, cornichons, the list goes on. It doesn’t matter what time of year- 10 of us would come home from the beach in the summer and my dad would have a huge (I’m talking gianttt) spread ready for us. I always try to replicate this talent but having these amazing French products really elevates your game. You’ll be sure to impress any guests. The best thing is that this board takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and you can usually use a bunch of items that you have on hand in your home.
Istara P’tit Basque Cheese should act as the star of your charcuterie board. Let this giant block of cheese come to room temperature and serve it with some fig jam. It’s creamy and nutty flavors are the perfect addition to some baguette slices and sweet grapes.
If you’re cooking or baking, you’ll want to use the President unsalted butter quarters for the highest quality ingredients. Orrrr you could just make garlic bread, and I promise you won’t have any regrets : )
As much as I love it, when it comes to wine- I’m a total amateur. I’ve been to Wine country a number of times and pretended like I could schmooze and taste wines like I knew what I was talking about but the truth is- I had no idea. I just know what I like and what I don’t like. I am SO to try new ones that I love and cannot wait to buy for myself. I prefer a dry Rosé and this one paired perfectly with the cheese plate.
Château Bonnet White 2016 – This one is light and fruity, great with fish, shellfish, and cheese.
Château Bonnet Red 2014 – This Bourdeaux is perfectly paired with white meats and veggies but see below for my ice cream sundae favorite!
Mas De Daumas Gassac White- This white wine is a mixture of 4 different grapes that creates a crisp but sweet wine. This would be my go to wine since it drinks so easily and pairs with almost anything
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé – This amazing wine you can actually find at Whole Foods and it’s such a great value.
Can we stop for a second to talk about Valrhona’s Dulcey Blonde Chocolate?!?!This is a new product that just launched in September and I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without it. This chocolate is so creamy and delicious; it pairs perfectly with red wine, cheese, and ice cream. You can bake with their blonde chocolate as well- I am making blondie’s this weekend for a friend’s birthday and I can’t wait to incorporate these chocolates. I broke up the pieces and made mini sundaes with some red wine for our Sunday night treat this week!