O Charcu-TREE, O Charcu-TREE!

Updated: Sep 23, 2020

How lovely this platter will be for your Christmas party!





For our Christmas party this year, I decided to build a grazing table where our guest navigated through our miniature Christmas village as they dined on individual charcuterie and fromage Christmas platters.


The first of the platters I created and wanted to share with you was what I like to call my 'O Charcu-tree, O Charcu-tree!'


Framed by Christmas tree crackers that were topped with Christmas tree cheeses, this was my savory veggie platter for our Christmas grazing table.



Shopping List


Just in time for the holiday season, these Christmas Tree crackers by Valley Lavosh are perfect for your Charcu-tree platter! You can find where to buy them on my 'Product Feature' page along with additional platter food items.



Shopping List


Vegetables - Cucumbers, Carrots, Red Peppers, Celery, Beets, Green Peppers

Cheese - Pre-sliced Gouda, Pre-sliced Cheddar

Charcuterie - Genoa Salame, Dry Salame

Crackers - Christmas Tree Lavosh, Olive Oil & Sea Salt, Fire Roasted Vegetable

Spread - Hummus

Dried Fruits - Cranberries

Seeds - Pomegranate

Herb & Floral - Rosemary



Let's begin...

For your Charcu-tree Platter, we begin with a 20" round cheese paddle. This platter from Etu Home has a lovely vintage look to it. Made from reclaimed pine wood by artisans in Europe, no two boards are alike... that's why I bought 2 of them. These boards maybe new, but they have that aged vintage farmhouse look to them... that I love!



Prepare your cheese cutouts


Before we start building our platter, prepare ahead of time your cheese cutouts. Using small Christmas cookie cutters, cut out 20 Christmas tree's from your Gouda slices and 20 Christmas stocking's from your Cheddar slices.






Platter Layout

Use the images as your guide!

Step 1: We begin by placing food grade paper down on the paddle to protect the wood from staining. Place a small bowl in the center of the platter as this will hold your dip.


Step 2: Take a Christmas tree gouda cheese cutout and place on top of a Christmas tree cracker. Layer the crackers/cheese and place them on the outer circle of your paddle about 3/4 of the way around. 10 crackers/cheese on each side.


Step 3: Add 10 cheddar stocking slices on either side of the bottom circle of your board, stacking 5 and 5 to each side.

Step 4: Place your cucumber rounds at the top of your board and celery sticks at the bottom of your board. Place carrots beside the cucumbers and the beets beside the celery sticks.


Step 5: Next, place the Fire Roasted Vegetable and Olive Oil & Sea Salt Crackers on your board.

Step 6: Green peppers are placed beside the beets and red peppers beside the carrots.


Step 7: Add Genoa salame flowers and Dry salame rounds.

Step 8: Place hummus in your dipping bowl and drizzle some olive oil on top. Some dried cranberries and a sprig of rosemary adds color.

Step 9: Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top of the cucumbers and celery sticks. Add additional sprigs of rosemary to your board.



O Charcu-tree, O Charcu-tree!



Something 'naughty'


As our guest enjoyed the tastings on the platters, they couldn't help but stop to take a peek into the windows of the village buildings. In the school house window you see a little boy who has been a little bit naughty and has had to stay after school writing on the chalkboard while his teacher watched over. So what fun it was to pair my 'something naughty' bowl to this charming little school house.





Coming up...



On my next blog...

A Starry Night platter

It's sure to sparkle with your guests!










*** If you give this platter a try, please send a photo as I would love to see it and share it! :)


Visit my 'Product Feature' Page to learn where to buy: Valley Lavosh Christmas Tree Crackers & Milton's Gluten Free Crackers





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