Whenever my family and I reunite for our much-anticipated getaways, I make it a point to prepare a delightful breakfast charcuterie or brunch board at least once, and often more, during our stay. The presentation is absolutely beautiful, the process is incredibly effortless, and I always receive generous praise from my adoring audience (who just so happen to be my relatives).
What's truly marvelous about these culinary creations is the vast range of options that can be incorporated to suit everyone's tastes.
It's the cherry on top of an already fabulous meal.
Here are a few items to include in your brunch boards!
Breakfast Meats – Ok, so bacon and breakfast sausage are obvious choices if you are a meat eater, but you could also include smoked or cured salmon and cold cuts, such as prosciutto, ham, or another deli-style meat you love.
Eggs – Boiled eggs work great for charcuterie boards, and you can make them ahead of time. That said, gracing your breakfast board with a few sunny-side-up eggs makes for a gorgeous presentation.
Cheeses – A variety of soft, medium, and hard cheeses is ideal for a charcuterie board. Some favorites include Brie, goat cheese, blue cheese, smoked Gouda, and cheddar.
Bread and Pastries – We’ve made it to my kid’s favorite part: the carbs! Sliced baguettes, croissants, scones, donut holes,pancake muffins and bagels all end up on our board, usually in standard or miniature sizes.
Fruits, Nuts, and Veggies – Seasonal and local fruits are ideal. Depending on what looks freshest at the local farmers market or produce stand, they include strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries, fresh grapes, orange slices, grapefruit, melons, or anything else that catches our eye . You can also include dried fruits, tomatoes, cucumbers, roast bell peppers, and nuts.
Dips and Sauces – Who doesn’t love mouthwatering breakfast spreads? Nutella, whipped cream, jams, marmalades, honey, apple butter, nut butter, regular butter, cream cheese —the choices are endless.
There’s seriously so much to love about this recipe.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 lb bacon
4 large eggs
1 tomato, sliced
½ English cucumber, sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
Fruit (oranges, berries, melon would be nice)
Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a baking tray with parchment or foil. Lay strips of bacon on the tray, without them touching. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until desired doneness.
Put eggs in a small pot and fill with cold water. Bring to a boil and immediately cover and turn off the heat. Let sit, covered for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes drain the water and submerge eggs in an ice bath to cool them enough to peel. Peel and then slice in half.
To serve: Arrange everything on a large board or platter. Assemble bagels with any toppings you wish, and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how simple it is to put together a brunch board. Let me know if you make one!
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