with Muhammara spread / fruit / vegetables / meat / olives
The sky is the limit when it comes to building your own charcuterie board, but we wanted to give you a blueprint that you could adapt however you'd like. This meal is great if you're looking for something to set out around the holidays. It can stand on its own as a DIY meal and can be a fun (still celebratory) break from cooking. Check out this video to see how we build our board!
Smarts: To give this a Cook Smarts feel, we wanted a homemade element, and Muhammara is a savory spread that goes well with fresh vegetables for dipping. Feel free to buy it pre-made, substitute baba ganoush, or just skip it. Anything goes here!
- Carrots - 6 oz , sticks
- Apples, any variety - 1 , sliced
- Pears - 1 , sliced
- Bell peppers, red - 1 , sliced
- Cucumbers - 8 oz , sliced
- Honey - 2 Tbsp
- Olives, pitted, any type - 1/2 cup
- Marcona almonds - 1/2 cup (sub regular almonds, cashews, or walnuts)
- Salami, sliced - 3 oz
- Prosciutto, thinly sliced - 3 oz
- Apricots, dried - 1/2 cup (sub any dried fruit)
- Grapes - 2 cups
- Walnuts, halves - 1/3 cup
- Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
- Roasted red bell peppers (12 oz / 355 mL) - 1 jar , drained
- Garlic - 2 cloves
- Cumin, ground - 1/2 tsp
- Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
Make muhammara - Heat oven to 350F / 177C. Spread walnuts out on a small baking sheet and toast, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until golden and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Combine walnuts, olive oil, roasted red bell peppers, garlic cloves, cumin, and red pepper flakes in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse / blend until smooth, adding some water if needed to help the mixture blend. Taste and season with some salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Carrots - Slice into sticks for dipping. If prepping ahead, soak in water in the refrigerator. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Apples / Pears / Bell peppers / Cucumbers - Prep as directed.
Honey / Olives / Marcona almonds - Place each of these in their own small bowls.
Set out a large platter, cutting board, or rimmed sheet pan.
Arrange salami and prosciutto on platter.
Around the meat, arrange the bowls of muhammara, honey, olives, and almonds.
Next, add the vegetables.
Fan out the apples, pears, and dried apricots. Place small bunches of grapes onto the platter.
Set out your charcuterie board and enjoy!