Elevate your charcuterie game

Unique condiments take boards from ordinary to outstanding!

It seems everywhere I go these days, people are dishing up cheese and charcuterie boards. I think it’s a great trend because it’s a way to cater to lots of different tastes and allow people to graze as little or as much as they like. When I’m designing a board, I try to think about contrasts – of flavour, texture and even visual appearance. I offered a whole bunch of tips about building a better charcuterie or cheese board in a recent Shepherd’s Coffee Talk segment with Marlene Shepherd and Kathie Donovan (which you can watch here), and one of the things I focused on was having unique condiments to add pops of unexpected flavour. Below are links to a few of my favourites (click on the titles to go straight to the recipes), all of which would make great hostess or holiday gifts. Happy entertaining!

Caramelized Onion and Cranberry Chutney

Sweet and spicy candied bacon

Roasted Nuts with Maple, Chili and Rosemary

Crunchy Curried Cauliflower Pickles

curried cauliflower pickles

Grainy maple-whisky mustard

Search the archives on this site for more delicious inspiration for your charcuterie creations!

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.

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