Beads and bling, it’s a Mardi Gras thing! As part of our New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebration, there’s nothing more fun than a Mardi Gras Charcuterie Board – easily customized with cheese, meats, fruits, and always some sweets and treats! Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler – “Let the good times roll!
SIMPLE & EASY ENTERTAINING!
This year has been a change in the way we gather and celebrate, but even if it's just a few of us on a quiet holiday or weekend, we always love family and friends gathering in a casual, relaxed setting to laugh and just have fun.
Food that is unfussy, comforting, rustic, and maybe even quirky is typically involved. A charcuterie or grazing board is the perfect fit, because you can choose tasty autumn-themed foods and serve them in a way that people can help themselves and come back for more. The absolute easiest way to entertain!
Whether I'm putting this together ahead of time or for a last-minute gathering, everyone loves helping me put charcuterie boards together! The perfect time to be creative, flexible and take stock of goodies in your refrigerator or pantry that will come together to make a fun, colorful and flavorful board.
FOR MY MARDI GRAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD I USED:
MARDI GRAS SWEETS & TREATS:
There are so many wonderful sweets and treats to pick from for Mardi Gras! And if they come wrapped in shiny gold, purple or green foil, all the better! Foil wrapped coins are shiny like Mardi Gras beads and add the perfect touch!
A week ago I baked up some Mardi Gras Sugar Cookies and had them wrapped and waiting for our Fat Tuesday celebration.
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!
Sweet little Mini King Cakes were perfect as well - everyone loves a cinnamon-swirled cake, drizzled with colorful purple, green, and gold cream cheese frosting. And tuck in a few plastic babies for extra fun and good luck in the coming year!
For the easiest entertaining, I shop for special seasonal and holiday items as soon as they hit the shelves, and then tuck away until we're ready to roll. Always a nice surprise to see how everything comes together!
HOW TO SAFELY SERVE A MARDI GRAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD:
CAN I MAKE A VEGAN OR ALLERGY-FRIENDLY MARDI GRAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD?
A vegan cheese board is similar to a traditional charcuterie board, but with a vegan twist when it contains plant based cured meats, dairy-free (vegan) cheeses and crackers, together with fruits and vegetables. I recommend using food labels to identify what each item is so there is no confusion!
FOR MY MARDI GRAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD I USED:
The secret of a great charcuterie board is to find fresh flavors and textures that work for you and your friends. Mix and match your favorite cheeses, meats, fruits, nuts and condiments for something wonderful and unique every time!
CHEESE: a selection of 3 or 4 is the way to go. One cheese should be soft and creamy; another firm and aged, another flavorful, and another that is seasonal and different. Some of our favorites include:
MEAT: a selection of 3 sliced deli-meats is the magic number. Something spicy, something peppery, and something traditional. Some of our favorites include:
SPREADABLES: a selection of 1 or 2 gives you a nice balance. Something with an edge – and another that is a simple surprise. Some of my favorites include:
NUTS & CHOCOLATES: you can’t go wrong here at all with a selection of 3. Something simple and roasted, another spicy, and something sweet – the perfect trifecta of favorites. Popular choices include:
FRUITS & VEGETABLES: a selection of seasonal fruit and traditional vegies, both fresh and dried, gives you a nice balance and a burst of color. Some of our winter favorites are:
GARNISHES & CONDIMENTS: a simple selection of 2 or 3 rounds everything out – something sweet and something savory. Crowd favorites include:
CRACKERS & BREAD: a selection of 3 is the perfect amount – if you don’t have room on your platter, you can place them in a basket next to your board. Some favorites are:
FAVORITE WINES: Pick a few of your favorites and you’ve got an instant party! You can’t go wrong with a red and white, something dry and something sweet:
HOW I MADE THIS:
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