Treat your Leprechauns to a festive and fun St. Patrick's Day Sweets & Treats Platter! A pot of gold chocolate coins starts the fun. Added to an Irish Charcuterie Board (filled to the brim with all of your favorite Irish cheeses & meats and other savory green nibbles) and you've got an instant Shamrock Party!
For a school party or St. Patrick's Day gathering at home, this is the perfect way to involve your little ones in creating something special. They love picking out and sharing all of their favorites. Sweet memories!
HOLIDAY CHARCUTERIE BOARDS ARE THE BEST!
The secret of a great charcuterie party board is to find fresh flavors and textures that work for you and your family and friends. Mix and match your favorite cheeses, meats, fruits, nuts and condiments, and special sweets and treats for something wonderful and unique every time!
You can incorporate these Irish-inspired sweets and treats right into a larger Irish Charcuterie Board, or create a special platter to serve on the side. For my St. Patrick’s Day Sweets & Treats and Irish Charcuterie Board I started with a sweet little cast iron pot, filled to the brim with gold chocolate coins.
SAVORY & SWEET.
NUTS & CHOCOLATES: you can’t go wrong here at all with a selection of 3 or 4. Something simple and roasted, another spicy, and something sweet – the perfect trifecta of favorites. I'm not sure why chocolate & mint are always so perfect for St. Patrick's Day, but they just are!
A “pot of gold” was my starting place for a St. Patrick’s Day collection of sweet treats. In addition to chocolate and nuts, you can’t go wrong here at all with a selection of 3 or 4 festive treats. Homemade or picked up from your local bakery, it's all good! Something simple, seasonal and fun!
FRESH & COLORFUL.
FRUITS: a selection of seasonal and dried fruit gives you a nice balance and a burst of color:
The secret of a great charcuterie board is to find fresh flavors and textures that work for you and your family and friends. Mix and match your favorite cheeses, meats, fruits, nuts and condiments, and special sweets and treats for something wonderful and unique every time! For my St. Patrick’s Day Sweets & Treats and Irish Charcuterie Board I used the following:
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. I used:
MEAT: a selection of 2 or 3 Italian sliced deli-meats is the magic number. Something spicy, something peppery, and something traditional. I used our favorites:
SPREADABLES: a selection of 1 or 2 gives you a nice balance. Something with an edge – and another that is a simple surprise. On the side I included:
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. I used our favorite Irish sweet treats:
SWEET TREATS: A “pot of gold” was my starting place for a St. Patrick’s Day collection of sweet treats. In addition to chocolate and nuts, you can’t go wrong here at all with a selection of 3 or 4 festive treats. Something simple, seasonal and fun!
FRUITS & VEGETABLES: a selection of seasonal green fruit and traditional vegies, both fresh and dried, gives you a nice balance and a burst of color. I used:
GARNISHES & CONDIMENTS: usually a simple selection of 2 or 3 rounds everything out – something sweet and something savory. I kept this board simple and garnished with:
CRACKERS & BREAD: a selection of 2 or 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. I used our favorites:
FAVORITE IRISH BEERS & WINES: Pick a few pints of your favorites - there is no shortage of wonderful Irish beer! Guinness, Harp Lager, Killian’s Irish Red, Conway’s Irish Ale – or perhaps an Irish Whiskey is more your thing!
HOW I MAKE THIS:
1. Choose a nice solid cutting board or wooden serving tray to create your platter. Your guests will be cutting cheese directly on the board so be sure to use something sturdy. You can always add additional platters if you are preparing this for a crowd!
2. Assemble your favorites and place on serving board, starting with the cheese and meats.
3. Don’t slice up the cheese prior to serving – put out some simple cheese knives and let everyone cut off a hunk of their favorite, or a small taste of something new.
4. Purchase sliced meats for easy serving.
5. Place your spreadables in small crocks to contain them on your board.
6. Wash and pat the fresh fruit dry; add fresh and dried fruits for color. If you’re serving fresh apple slices, soak them in Sprite or Seven-Up and pat dry so that they don’t turn brown.
7. If you serve olives or pickles, place them in tiny bowls so that they don’t roll around and flavor other platter ingredients.
8. If you don’t have enough room on your platter, place your crackers and bread selection in a basket.
9. Garnish with lots of fresh green - fresh Rosemary, kale or curly butter lettuce – the perfect garnish for an Irish Charcuterie Board!
10. Add cheese knives, small tongs and small spoons next to the board along with appetizer plates and napkins.
11. Start with small amounts of each item – you can always refresh your platter as time goes by!
YIELD: Perfect for two or more!
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