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. 

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 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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    Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim

    Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim [no refined sugar] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with a Caramel Pecan Rim will be the hit of your parties or dinner parties all Fall and Winter long! The combination of the caramel and nutty pecans with the warming cider is perfection, and made with no added sugar.. Have it without any alcohol, or spike it as desired with your favorite liquor! Made in partnership with the American Pecan Council!

    Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean KitchenSlow Cooker Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim

    No sugar added, simple to make, and definitely a new go-to drink when entertaining for the holidays! I put this out and let everyone add in their favorite alcohol: caramel vodka, brandy, bourbon, or wine!

    Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    If you love the combination of cinnamon + warm apple cider + a touch of cranberries, this is definitely a must-try! The best part? All you have to do is toss everything in a slow cooker and BOOM. Mulled cider perfection.

    Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Get creative with this recipe for holiday entertaining by creating an individual spiked cider bar! Simply place liquor such as bourbon, red wine, or rum next to the slow cooker and let friends or family create their own spiked mulled cider beverage!

    Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    I’m back with another fabulous recipe in partnership with my friends at the American Pecan Council! Pecans are my favorite nut! They are lower in carbs and higher in fiber compared to many other nuts, and they’re a “good” source of monounsaturated fat, including the beneficial oleic acid that’s found in olive oil! A handful of pecans (about 19 halves) is a good source of fiber, thiamin, and zinc, and an excellent source of copper and manganese – a mineral that’s essential for metabolism and bone health. Plus, they have that yummy, buttery flavor! I love using pecan pieces to make my life easier during the chopping of them!

    Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Slow Cooker Mulled Cider with Pecan Rim

    Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 4 hours Serves 8

    Ingredients

      Mulled Cider Ingredients

      • 1.5 liters of fresh apple cider
      • 4 star anise
      • 3 cinnamon sticks, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1 orange thinly sliced, used half of the slices on serving glasses and 1/2 of the slices for the mulled cider
      • 1/2 lime, thinly sliced
      • 1-inch knob of ginger, skin removed
      • 1 cup fresh cranberries

      Pecan Caramel Rim

      Add-In Alcohol Options

      • Bourbon, 2 ounces per glass
      • Dark rum, 2 ounces per glass
      • White wine, to taste
      • Caramel Vodka or Regular Vodka, 2 ounces per glass

      Directions

      1. Place all mulled cider ingredients into a slow cooker. Set on low for 4 hours.

      2. While cider cooks, make a batch of caramel. Place coconut milk, vanilla, butter and sea salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to low and let simmer, whisking often, for about 30 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Take off heat and let cool. Store in the refrigerator until the mulled cider is ready.

      3. Pour caramel onto a small, shallow plate.

      4. On a separate shallow plate, place crushed pecans.

      5. Dip your glass of choice in the caramel until the entire rim is well covered. Dip the caramel rim into the pecan mixture. Pour mulled cider into glasses and spike your drink with the desired alcohol if using, then stir and enjoy!

      Recipe Notes

      1. Storage: Leftover cider can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
      2. Make It On The Stovetop: Simmer the mulled cider ingredients in a large saucepan over low heat. Cover and let simmer for about 1 hour. Make sure that the cider stays at a low simmer, if it comes to a boil, the cider can separate!
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      There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my disclosure policy for more info!

      Mulled Cider with Caramel Pecan Rim | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

      For more information, visit the American Pecan Council’s website! All thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own! Thank you for continuing to support LCK and the brands I work with!

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      Paleo Chocolate Donuts [VIDEO]

      When I hosted a brunch with these Paleo Chocolate Donuts on the table, this first comment made was “are they fried?” No, no my friends. These are clean, healthy, and baked… oh, and beyond delicious. Just little chocolate cake in the form of donuts. What’s better than that?

      Paleo Chocolate Donuts

      Paleo Chocolate Donuts

      Bake, dip in glaze and devour!

      Paleo Chocolate Donuts

       

      Chocolate Paleo Donuts

      Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 8

      Ingredients

        Dry Ingredients

        • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
        • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
        • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
        • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
        • Pinch of salt

        Wet Ingredients

        Chocolate Glaze

        Strawberry Glaze

        Directions

        1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees °F. Grease a donut pan and set aside.

        2. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients and mix until well combined.

        3. Pour batter into greased donut pan and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.When donuts are done, let cool on a baking rack.

        4. In two small mixing bowls, mix the chocolate and strawberry glaze ingredients seperatly and set aside until the donuts have cooled.

        5. Once cooled, drizzle glaze over donuts and devour!

        Recipe Notes

        • This recipe was updated on January 26th, 2017.
        • You can place the donuts in the refrigerator to help cool faster while you make the chocolate and/or strawberry glaze.
        • *Calories: 143
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        There may be affiliate links in this post! By clicking on them, or purchasing recommended items I may receive a small compensation, at no cost to you! However, I only recommend products I absolutely love and use in my own home! Thank you for supporting Lexi's Clean Kitchen when you shop! See my disclosure policy for more info!