Easy to assemble, our Holiday Cheese Board will be the centerpiece of your table with it’s unexpected Balsamic Roasted Grapes and Buttery Spiced Pecans! A Holiday Cheese Charcuterie Board is an impressive appetizer or even a dessert when it’s filled with assorted cheeses, ciabatta bread, mixed olives, roasted grapes and spiced pecans.
Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year? Or a new Year’s Day celebration? Well then you must include a Holiday Cheese Board at your gathering. You’ll be spot on with this hot new charcuterie board trend that’s taking over entertaining this holiday season.
Not just a beautiful presentation, our charcuterie board recipe is about as delicious as it gets. We’ve added Balsamic Roasted Grapes for a sweet touch and Buttery Spiced Pecans for a hint of heat.
Combine that with your favorite cheeses, breads and cheese twists and let the festivities begin! Happy New Year and happy cheese board recipe!
How do I make roasted grapes?
Balsamic Roasted Grapes are gently tossed in an olive oil and balsamic vinegar mixture seasoned with kosher salt and pepper. Quick roasted at a high temperature in the oven, our grapes take on a sweet and tangy flavor and soften perfectly as they roast.
How do I make spiced pecans?
It only takes a few minutes to transform pecans into a buttery mixture with a sweet and spicy blend of seasonings for just the right amount of heat and sweet! Simply sautee pecans in a skillet on your stovetop in melted butter, cinnamon, cumin, kosher salt and chipotle chile pepper.
What are the best cheeses to include on a cheese board?
Of course you will want to include your personal favorites on your cheese board, but it’s recommended to include a variety of textures and flavors. A good rule of thumb is to include one of each of the following types of cheese:
Also delicious would be to include a smoked cheese, sharp cheese, a mild cheese and a creamy cheese. But actually the choice is yours!
Charcuterie Board Variations
The beauty of making a charcuterie board is that you can change it up every time you make one. Below is a board that I demonstrated making at a blogging retreat. Of course, I included my Roasted Grapes and I also added in:
- store bought hummus that I dressed up with a drizzle of olive oil and a spring of fresh thyme
- fresh figs which make a lovely, beautiful and delicious addition when they are in season
- baby carrots
- slices of fresh pears
- store bought seasoned nuts (for when you’re short on time to make your own!)
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No time to roast grapes? Keep your cheese board simple with fig jam and fresh grapes! Just do as much as you can and I guarantee that your charcuterie board will be delicious every time!
And be sure to add lots of fresh herbs for that gourmet touch and you’ll be entertaining in real style!
Recipes for Entertaining
You’ll want to check out these recipes and add them to your entertaining menu line up!
Cheesy Pesto Pull-Apart Bread is an easy appetizer recipe made with just four ingredients. The perfect blend of pesto, mozzarella and sundried tomatoes fill every nook and cranny of this baked pull apart bread! A perfect appetizer recipe for the holidays!
Every party needs a baked brie! Phyllo Wrapped Brandied Cranberry Baked Brie is an easy baked Brie recipe with a cranberry brandy topping wrapped in layers of phyllo dough. A hint of rosemary and Dijon with a touch of spice finish off this classic holiday appetizer.
Cranberry Sangria is an easy cocktail recipe that will warm you up during the holiday season with rich bodied wines and a hint of spice! Red wine, spiced rum and port combine with cranberry juice, fruits and spices for a flavorful easy sangria recipe.
Salted Caramel Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Bars is an impressive and easy dessert recipe. Every bite of creamy pumpkin cheesecake is kissed by the warm holiday flavor of pumpkin pie spice and elevated to a level of bliss with a buttery cinnamon graham crust!
Easy to assemble, our Holiday Cheese Board will be the centerpiece of your table with it’s unexpected Balsamic Roasted Grapes and Buttery Spiced Pecans! A Holiday Cheese Board is an impressive appetizer or even a dessert when it’s filled with assorted cheeses, ciabatta bread, mixed olives, roasted grapes and spiced pecans.
- 1 (8 ounces) Brie wheel, sliced
- 1 pkg. (8 ounces) tomato and olive cheese, sliced
- 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 8 ounces Irish cheddar cheese, sliced
- 1 pkg. (4 ounces) sliced prosciutto
- 4 ounces mixed pitted olives
- 1 small loaf whole wheat ciabatta bread, sliced
- 1 pkg. (4 ounces) Parmesan sticks
- fresh rosemary sprigs, garnish
Preheat oven to 425F. Combine olive oil, vinegar, kosher salt and pepper until blended. Add grapes and toss until coated. Arrange grapes in a single layer on a baking sheet with shallow sides. Roast 20 minutes, stirring halfway. Remove from heat and let cool.
Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat melt butter. Stir in cinnamon, cumin, kosher salt and chipotle chile pepper. Add pecans, toss until evenly coated and cook until fragrant and lightly toasted. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper or wax paper and let cool.
Arrange cheeses, prosciutto, ciabatta bread and Parmesan sticks on board or slate. Place roasted grapes, spiced pecans and mixed olives each in a small bowl and arrange with cheeses. Garnish with rosemary sprigs.
Change things up with your favorite cheeses, breads and olives!