It’s officially September, and you know what that means — pumpkin spice and everything nice! Today, we’re focusing on the everything nice part, specifically fall charcuterie boards. These creations are perfect for a night in with your loved ones or a night out with friends. The Beaumont Inn is here to share the best additions needed to create your own fall charcuterie board.
To begin, you need the board itself. Many people choose to build their fall charcuterie board on a classic wooden cutting board. However, other items such as marble slabs or ceramic platters can be used as well. It’s your preference!
You can’t have a fall charcuterie board without cheese. There are different varieties that you can choose from, including aged, soft, and firm. Some examples include Havarti, brie, gouda, parmesan, and blue cheese. Choosing cheese is important as the flavors need to complement the flavors of the other items on the board. You also need a good balance of soft and hard cheeses. Hard cheeses can be picked up and eaten alone or with other items on the board, whereas soft cheeses are usually spread on crackers or bread.
Crackers & Bread
Next up are the crackers and bread. These items can be eaten alone but are usually eaten with the cheeses served on the board, specifically the soft cheese. Most charcuterie boards include a sliced up baguette, but we’re feeling a little more seasonal than that. Use pumpkin or sweet potato bread, rye bread, or a whole grain loaf instead!
Now, we believe that no charcuterie board is complete without meat. However, if you’re not a meat-eater, this step is optional. The best meats to serve on your board are prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni. You can include bacon or sausage slices as well.
Once you’ve gotten the larger items out of the way, it’s time for the smaller yet equally as important ingredients — nuts! For a fall charcuterie board, we don’t want the typical peanuts, cashews, or walnuts. Instead, we’re replacing them with chestnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and pistachios! For the maximum fall flavor, throw some pumpkin seeds into the mix.
Many charcuterie boards include fruit, however, it is often dried. Some of the best fall fruits to add to your board are blackberries, cranberries, figs, grapes, and apples!
Spreads and Dips
Finish off your fall charcuterie board with a spread or two. One of the most popular spreads is hummus — so why not concoct a pumpkin hummus to perfect your board? You can also create an apple butter spread from some of your leftover apples.
For Fall Dinners, Come to The Beaumont Inn
As Autumn begins, enjoy the Wyoming Valley’s fall foliage while dining at The Beaumont Inn. With appetizers such as seasoned baked Brie and entrees including breaded eggplant parmesan and Australian rack of lamb, we promise you a night to remember. Make your reservations here or call (570) 675-7100. We look forward to serving you!