What Some May Call "The Adult Lunchable"
These artfully arranged boards of meat and cheese are equally pleasing to the eye and appetite. We had the opportunity to talk with Megan Darnell, a 1st grade teacher in Artesia, who has created a business out of her beautifully arranged charcuterie boards. She even shared a few tips about how to create your own at home! “I originally started making charcuterie boards for fun, for birthdays, parties, and special occasions. Then, I posted them on social media as I went. These posts got a lot of comments wondering how someone could order one. This started my little journey of To-Go Board Boxes around Christmas time when I discovered people really were interested in what I make! I love making pretty things and how fun is it making pretty FOOD?! I have had to play around a lot and discover what works for me and my style. With the to-go orders, I send out a “menu” that has different choices of meat, cheeses, and crackers that they can choose from and a short description of what comes with these boards.”
A well-balanced board always needs 2 kinds of cheese and 2 kinds of meat!
I then add different types of crackers, seasonal berries, cookies, fresh cucumbers, pickles, olives, and a side of jam or honey sticks.
Here are a few more tips if you want to create your own charcuterie board:
- Add little bowls/mini mason jars for olives/pickles/dips. This will help you frame out your board.
- Line the corners or the sides of your board with sliced cheese.
- Fancy meats: For sliced deli meats, accordion fold like you would a paper fan and then fold in half to add volume. For circle meats such as salami or pepperoni, fold in half along a wine glass and stack! Flip over and voila! A rose!! (thanks Tik Tok)
- Add grapes and berries in the empty spaces. This will add texture.
- Stack your crackers neatly and horizontally like a river to make all the difference in the world!
- Add cookies and candy for a sweet treat!
- Fresh rosemary is added as a garnish and because it’s pretty.
- The more variety of items added, the prettier your board will be!
I have loved making these for people around Artesia and hope you all give it a try!
To order a custom board, call 505-688-1350
Article by Megan Darnell and originally published in Focus on Artesia 2021 Spring edition.