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When most people think of Easter they think of dyed eggs, easter baskets, candy, and more candy. If you are looking for a creative (read: more grown-up) approach to easter baskets, consider a cheese board basket! Yes, you read that right: stuff those baskets with the savory, wholesome goodness of your favorite charcuterie accoutrements instead of cavity-inducing sweets (though you know how much I love an Easter candy board).
If you are planning on gathering safely with your family this holiday, these little baskets make for super festive appetizers and/or tasty table settings. Check out some of my other handheld ideas (like jarcuterie, this charcuterie bouquet and this Corona Cone) and holiday treats (like my Easter Corona Cone and this kid’s snack board), and have a Hoppy Easter!
Easter Charcuterie Basket Ingredients
- Dill Havarti Jack Cheese, cubed
- Sharp Cheddar, sliced into triangles
- Salami rosettes (check out this tutorial!)
- Kalamata Olives
- Green Olives
How to Make the Cheese Board Baskets
This is so much easier than it sounds, I promise! There are really only three things you need to keep in mind: First, think of all your favorite charcuterie staples–you can check out my Cheese Board 101 post for tips. Once you have your line-up, just skewer the goodies with large cocktail pics (they come in so many cute colors), et voila! Second, remember to think vertically when you’re organizing! Because you won’t have the room to display everything out nice and flat, play with the different heights and put the tallest items in the back (take a peek at the #CoronaCone hashtag for design inspo). Third, and most important, there is no wrong way to cheese board. You can use these ingredients as a recipe or a starting place!
Note: I used relatively small single-serve baskets (a slightly larger festive version of my corona cones), but you can also go big and make it a shareable treat! You can also go really big like my friend The Baker Mama did with her Charcuterie Basket.
How to Make the Perfect Salami Rosette
There are only a few quick steps to make a beautiful salami rose.
- First choose four slices of your preferred salami.
- Fold each slice in half so you have a half circle shape, then lay them in an overlapping line facing the same direction. Each one should overlap only about a third of the next slice, and they should lay in a straight line line. You’re basically making a little salmi train.
- Start at one end of the “train” and roll them all up into a semi-tight roll. The tighter you go the more your salami rosette will look like a bud—and the looser you go, well, you’ll see!
- Once you have a nice roll, push a toothpick through the bottom part to hold them all together. Push a second toothpick in perpendicular so that the toothpicks cross in the center to secure your rosette.
- Finally, flip it around and arrange the “petals” to your liking. You can tug and pull a bit on each piece of salami to make it look like it’s not just a roll up, but a beautiful rose!
Show Me Your Cheese Baskets!
I hope this post inspires you to create delicious baskets and boards. Nothing makes me hoppier than seeing the beautiful spreads and snacks you create from my tips. If you make something inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttoooproudtomeg so I can see and share!
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Easter Cheese Board in a Basket
- Dill Havarti Jack Cheese cubed
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese sliced into triangles
- Salami rosettes
- Kalamata Olives
- Green Olives
- Make the Salami Rosettes (directions above)
- Cut the cheeses into different shapes (I like cubes and triangles)
- Add accoutrements to skewers in a decorative fashion
- Starting with the tallest items in the back, fill your basket with the larger produce items (like carrots) and fill in with a good mixture of assembled skewers, cheese and salami rosettes.
- Fill in any holes with smaller produce and cubed cheese.