Updated: Oct 1, 2020
Grab your BOARD'ing Pass because we are going to... GERMANY!
Let's roll out the board this Oktoberfest and build a 'Vesper' platter filled with German deli meats and cheeses!
Did someone say "Ocktoberfest!"
... welcome to the fifth board in my travel series - A Board'ing Pass to food destinations.
This week we are checking in - to Germany!
Building a Vesper board is perfect for celebrating Oktoberfest. A Vesper board is the German equivalent to a charcuterie board. Vesper means 'snack between the main meal' (before dinner). We will be filling our vesper board with German cheeses and deli meats (deli from the German term: delicatessen) and of course the world famous Wurst sausage!
So, grab your board'ing pass as we take off for GERMANY!
I can't say that I haven't been to Germany, however I have never actually travelled around Germany. I have been fortunate enough to spend time in the beautiful business lounge in the Frankfurt airport, waiting for my connecting flights. Let me tell you that they know how to put out a large buffet spread. I have never seen so much food in an airport lounge like I did in Germany. Of course, I took the opportunity to try all the various German foods including the national pride of Germany - the 'wurst'! They had every variety of wurst for their passengers to try.
It is my hope to travel to Germany again, hopefully next time actually leaving the airport, and taking in the sights! In the meantime, I have had fun attending our friends Oktoberfest night's every year. Everyone gets into the spirit of dressing up in Oktoberfest fashions. There is enough German foods to try and they always host a beer tasting test with German beers.
I have to say it is the Wurst-fest ever! Lol ;)
A Vesper Board for Oktoberfest!
Putting it together!
Serving: 4 - 6 people
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours
Items you will need:
Meats: black forest ham, ham, frankwurst
Cheese: cambozola, muenster
Bakery: pumpernickel, pretzels
Fruit: red grapes, apple
Condiment: sauerkraut, cornichons, pickled onion
Greens & Herbs: leafy greens, rosemary
Let's begin boarding!
Begin with approximately a 13" paddle board.
Step 1: For my board, I chose to add a small board that will feature our cheeses and two small bowls.
Step 2: Begin with a loaf of pumpernickel. Make a diagonal cut on one end of the pumpernickel.
Step 3: Lay some leaf greens
Step 4: Fold your ham in half and layer on top of each other. Place on the leafy greens beside the pumpernickel.
Step 5: Fold your black forest ham in thirds. Layer them on top of each other and place beside the ham.
Step 6: Add red grapes at the top of the board.
Step 7: Add the two German cheeses - Cambozola and Muenster.
Step 8: Take the apple slices and fan them out and place them beside the cheeses and meats.
Step 9: In the center, add your pretzels.
Step10: Creating diagonal slices of your frankwurst, place them in a cluster on the board. Fill a small bowl with mustard and add it to the board. Mustard and frankwurst are so good together!
Step 11: Fill one side of your center bowl with sauerkraut and the other side with cornichon and picked onion.
Step 12: Add sprigs of rosemary.
A German charcuterie board - A Vesper deli board - An Oktoberfest board!
I guarantee it will be the WURST party you ever have!