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  • Writer's pictureJane Staples

A Whole Lot of Fun and It's Edible Too!

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

Did you ever make a gingerbread house as a child? Well now there's a grownup version; a charcuterie house.

This has to be the most creative charcuterie board ever. It could be a log cabin, or a ski chalet, just let your imagination run wild and have fun with it! You could also string tiny fairy lights around the board if this is going on a table, for a really impressive centrepiece. I'm very partial to cream cheese with herbs and garlic, so I'm seeing cheese "snow" drifting off the roof and perhaps a few snowdrifts, too. Small cheese balls, herbs, nuts, pomegranite seeds...have fun! Just don't let the dog find it!

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To make your own charcuterie house, take inspiration from some of the most creative versions on Instagram. The first step is finding a surface to build your house on. Using a traditional charcuterie board or tray works best. This one is styled on a tray with a wide rim , which allows the whole scene to be covered in grated parmesan “snow.”

Next, build your structure. You can construct the walls from bread sticks, crackers, pretzels, or any other sturdy snack material. Cream cheese, softened at room temperature, makes a good "glue'. Or you could purchase an inexpensive house kit and cover it with your charcuterie supplies instead of frosting and candy—just be sure to let your family know so they don’t get a bite of both gingerbread and prosciutto. Though come to think of it, maybe that would be tasty!

Now you might be wondering which wine to pair with your charcuterie house. A Valpolicella Classico would make an excellent match, with its mouthwatering acidity, tart cherry flavours and spicy notes. Sartori Valpolicella Classico from Italy's Veneto region is a great choice. A 750ml bottle costs $9.75. LCBO# 378109

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This story originally appeared on Notes and wine pairing added by Jane Staples, Food & Wine Columnist at Ottawa Life Magazine and Accredited Sommelier.


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