December seems to be the month of entertaining. Wether it’s friends over or family, I feel like I am always preparing something for a gathering. One of my favorite appetizers to throw together has to be vegan charcuterie boards.
When I went plant based, I was devastated thinking I had to give up delicious cheese. Well…let me tell you that there is something out there for everyone. There are so many delicious plant based cheeses we can make and purchase! Switching to a plant based diet doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite things to eat.
What I love about creating vegan charcuterie boards, is that it’s really up to your imagination. You can create a board with vegan cheeses and vegan meats. You could go all veggies, dips, breads and fruits. There are also dessert boards you can go crazy with.
Thinking About My Guests
I had a group of ladies over this week and this is what I put together knowing everyone would be able to eat something on there!
They are so easy to assemble. As I shop, I think about who will be there. Do I have vegans, gluten free eaters or any other allergies and shop items that I know everyone can enjoy.
This is what I love to start with:
Vegan cheeses, jams, dips or hummus in my bowls, then I spread out any types of vegan meats if you want that and then I add the crackers. This gives my board a good base. The rest is color and textures and of course flavor to add at the end. I usually finish off with nuts, olives, fruit and of course pops of chocolate! The combination of sweet and salty…so YUM!
Simple And Beautiful
Look at this beautiful board from plantsinyogapants… it’s perfection. Boards do not have to be over the top huge…for me it’s dependent on the number of people I will be having over and will it be the only food served. If it’s an appetizer only, then creating small boards are perfect!
Getting The Kids Involved
Charcuterie boards can be a fun place to have kids help assemble! Creating fruit boards or sweet boards could get them in the kitchen cooking with you! Camille Styles is one of my favorite lifestyle & entertainment bloggers. Her board above is perfect to serve with the kids.
Check out this dessert board from @curatedcatering below!!! This would be a kids dream!
As always, my hope is to inspire you to get in the kitchen and have fun creating! This is a true stress reliever for me. I pop on some music, get all of my ingredients out and just start creating. Happy eating you guys…
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