How To Make a Charcuterie Board (& Bacon Onion Jam Recipe)!

How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #charcuterie #holidays #appetizers #entertaining

When entertaining rolls around, charcuterie boards that are festive for the holidays is my go-to entertaining spread! I’ve talked about building them before, but today, let’s talk about creating the ultimate festive charcuterie board with cheeses and fun additions! Plus, you’ll get my Bacon Onion Jam recipe! Meat and cheese boards are customizable, gorgeous, require no cooking, and are the perfect hearty appetizer spread! Made in partnership with my friends at Applegate!

How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays!How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays (& Bacon Onion Jam Recipe)!

I am so excited to partner with Applegate today to bring you this festive holiday entertaining spread! I truly love Applegate because they offer a wide variety of high quality natural and organic products that I know I can trust. Their animals are raised humanely without antibiotics or hormones and are fed a vegetarian or 100% grass diet. Their meats are free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates or phosphates, and free of artificial ingredients or preservatives. I know I can find my trusty Applegate at a retailer nearby wherever I am during the holidays!

How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays

What is in a charcuterie board?

Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French word devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, cured meats and confit. It is often served with various cheeses, crackers & bread, and other fun additions like jams, candied nuts, and more!

How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays - Bacon Jam

The Charcuterie Board Details:

1. Platters

Grab one or two platters. You may be surprised to find that you may already have things to use at home like wooden boards, wood cutting boards, slate or chalk board, or a marble slab!


2. Cheese (approximately 3 ounces per person)

Pick your variety of cheeses (3 or more, depending on how many people you are hosting) & add labels and separate knives for each cheese


3. Crackers & Breads

I always like an assortment that can work for anyone and everyone! Gluten-free, crackers, breadsticks, and so on! 


4. Meats

Cured meats are always great to accompany your cheeses, and they are the heart of your charcuterie board.


5. Nuts

Candied or regular nuts are a great accompaniment (or just to snack on)! Grab bowls to place around your board to place your nuts in, or scatter around!


6. Something Sweet

Some fresh or dried fruit is always wonderful, along with jams (a must!). Grab some small bowls to place around your board to place your sweet additions in.


7. Other (And Let’s Get Festive!)

I’ll place a few bowls throughout the spread and add olives, chocolate candies, marinated cherry peppers, etc. I’ll also garnish the board with festive holiday touches such as rosemary, pomegranate seeds, pears, and cranberries. 

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How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays

How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays!

Prep Time 00:25 Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:25 Serves 10

Ingredients

    Condiments

    • Bacon Jam (Recipe Below)
    • Fig Jam
    • Grainy Mustard
    • Honeycomb

    Cheese

    • Manchego Cheese, Pepper Jack Cheese, Cheddar (Hard Cheese)
    • Brie, Humboldt Fog, Forager d’Affinois (Soft Cheese)

    Crackers

    • Bread Sticks
    • Gluten-Free Crackers
    • Other Crackers

    Meat

    • Applegate Salami
    • Applegate Prosciutto
    • Applegate Salami Trio

    Other

    • Olives
    • Rosemary Sprigs
    • Mini Marinated Peppers
    • Marinated Artichokes

    Sweet

    • Apples
    • Pomegranate Seeds
    • Fresh Cranberries
    • Candied Pecans

    Bacon Jam Recipe

    • 1 package Applegate Sunday Morning Bacon
    • 1 red onion
    • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1.5 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves, picked
    • 1.5 teaspoon pepper

    Directions

    1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook finely diced bacon until crispy.
    2. Drain bacon, leaving 1 tablespoon of fat in the pan. Add butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
    3.  Slice onion thin and add to pan and cook on low heat for 40 minutes. Add bacon back into the pan.
    4. Deglaze pan with ¼ cup water: Deglaze the pan by adding in the water and scraping up the browned bits in the bottom of the skillet for about 30 seconds.
    5. Add balsamic vinegar, thyme leaves, and pepper and remove pan from heat.
    6. Serve warm on top of brie or in a dish on your board.
    7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, and reheat before serving. Yields about 1 cup of jam.

    Recipe Notes

     

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    Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (Healthy Lightened Up Appetizer!)

    Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (dairy-free, healthy, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #stuffedmushrooms #spinachdip #appetizers #healthy

    These healthy Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms are a lightened up take on the classic hearty spinach dip we know and love, made into the perfect holiday baked stuffed mushroom appetizer. This stuffed mushroom recipe is easy to prepare, and simply omit the cheese on top for a vegetarian, whole30-approved, and dairy-free stuffed mushroom!

    Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (dairy-free, healthy, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #stuffedmushrooms #spinachdip #appetizers #healthySpinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

    It’s the anniversary of my COOKBOOK!!!! One year ago today, the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen cookbook hit shelves everywhere, and entered the homes of so many of you! Do you have the cookbook? Do you love it? I’d love to hear your favorite recipes in the comments below! If you don’t have it yet, it make for a fabulous holiday gift 🙂

    Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook

    To celebrate the one-year anniversary, I thought I’d share on of the popular appetizers that is PERFECT for holiday entertaining. I demo’ed these at many book signings last year, and they were a hit every time!

    WHAT’S INSIDE THE BOOK:

    • Over 150 delicious, tried and true recipes from my kitchen to yours. Recipes are free of negative health instigators like gluten, grains, dairy, soy and refined sugars- while still delivering the taste and gratification that you want!
    • Chapters including Rise & Shine Breakfasts, Main Dishes, Soups & Salads, On the Side, Little Bites, Lexi’s Basics, Sweet Treats, and Beverages.
    • Step by step instructions and full color photos for every single recipe.
    • Allergy & Special Diet labels, including dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly for easy navigation (all of the recipes are gluten-free).
    • Ingredients and Pantry Staples Guide — so you’re prepared to cook the recipes!
    • A variety tips, tricks, and tools such as A Guide To Clean Eating, A Conversion Chart, Cheat Sheet Guides, & much more.
    • Healthy meals that are packed with flavor, including: Classic Chili, Braised Short Ribs, One-Pan Arroz Con Pollo, Thai BBQ Salmon, and BBQ Chopped Cobb Salad, and healthier options for your favorite indulgent foods, such as French Toast Sticks, Perfect Waffles, Birthday Cake, Sandwich Bread, and No-Bake Cookie Dough Cups.
    • & More!

    How do you make stuffed mushrooms?

    Spinach dip was my favorite way back when, and this recipe nails that exact spinach dip flavor I love, but is made with healthier ingredients and is transformed into delightfully handy passaround appetizers!

    Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms (dairy-free, healthy, paleo) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #stuffedmushrooms #spinachdip #appetizers #healthy

    If you like this recipe, try these other Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes:

    Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms

    Prep Time 10 minutes, plus time to soak cashews Cook Time 30 minutes Serves 6 Total Time 0:00

    Ingredients

      For the cashew cream

      For the spinach dip

      Directions

      1. Soak the cashews in a bowl of water for at minimum 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
      2. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
      3. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, shallot, and onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Fold in the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted. Set aside.
      4. To make the cashew cream: Drain the soaked cashews and place them in a small food processor or high-speed blender. Puree the cashews with the 1 tablespoon of olive oil and ½ teaspoon of salt. Fold the cashew cream into the spinach mixture until evenly combined.
      5. Arrange the mushroom caps on the lined baking sheet and brush the outside of the caps lightly with olive oil. Scoop a large spoonful of the spinach mixture into the cavity of each cap. Top with the cheese, if using.
      6. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are soft and the cheese has begun to brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

      Recipe Notes

      Variation: Hot Spinach Dip. Egg-free and dairy-free (if cheese is omitted), this is your solution to a hot, creamy party dip that everyone can enjoy. Place dip into an oven-safe bowl, top with cheddar cheese, if desired, and bake until the cheese is golden. Use homemade crackers (page 000), veggies, or plantain chips for dipping.

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      Salad Roll-Ups (No Cooking Appetizer!)

      These salad rollups are a healthy holiday appetizer that are gluten-free, light, and require NO COOKING! Plus, they are easy to make and customizable! They are even wonderful as a lunch box snack.

      SaladRollUpsSalad Roll-Ups (No Cooking Appetizer!)

      The holidays and New Years Eve are quickly approaching. I mean, how is it already mid-December, you guys? SCARY. The holiday spirit is strong, and we are surrounded by family and friends! What else could we ask for? Ahem… GOOD FOOD! Yes? Yes!

      This means we need to get some appetizers ready for the holidays, NYE, or just a healthy *EASY* bite amid all the crazy shopping days and busy holiday times. Did I mention no cooking required? BOOM.

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      Salad Roll-Ups
      Serves 6
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      Prep Time
      10 min
      Prep Time
      10 min
      You'll need
      1. 1/2-1 lb. prosciutto, or thinly sliced cured meat of choice
      2. 3 cups mixed greens
      Dressing
      1. 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil
      2. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
      3. 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
      4. 1/2 teaspoon honey
      5. Pinch of fine sea salt
      Optional Additions
      1. Slices of Cheese
      2. Julienned Cucumbers
      3. Julienned Carrots
      4. Avocado
      5. Tomato Slices
      6. Basil
      7. Pepperocini
      8. Sliced Dried Figs
      9. Fig Jam
      Instructions
      1. In a bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Drizzle dressing over mixed greens and toss to combine.
      2. On a cutting board, gently place slices of prosciutto.
      3. Place mixed greens and any add-ins on the bottom half of the prosciutto and roll them up. Put a toothpick through the center. Place on a plate and serve!
      Notes
      1. Store in the refrigerator until serving.
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