December through January is a crescendo of seasonal celebration. It’s a time for merrymaking and indulgence. No matter how you choose to celebrate the season, feasting is almost certainly involved.
In my household, I am the designated master of ceremony and as such, I’m always looking for ways to keep the masses at bay whilst preparing the feast.
One of my favorite ways to accomplish this task is to set out a generous charcuterie and cheese board to keep everyone satisfied and distracted. The holidays are stressful enough, there is no reason to subject yourself to a house full of “hangry” friends and family.
Charcuterie and cheese boards are not only great as a first course for December gatherings, but are excellent as the main event for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
There are many attributes of a good charcuterie and cheese board, not least of which is the fact that you can rely heavily on pre-made items from local culinary artisans while adding a few quick, personal touches.
Roasted Rosemary and Almonds are one of my favorite “go to” recipes for charcuterie and cheese boards as well as a tasty, anytime snack for noshing.
Do not underestimate the deliciousness of this recipe. Despite the simplicity of the ingredients and the technique, the flavor is anything but simple. It’s woodsy, herbaceous and has a wonderfully salty, savory, depth of flavor.
Master this recipe and it will become a superpower you can dispense whenever good eats are required!Print