Welcome to Day 4 in our 12 Days of Grazing Boards series!
As I said when we started this journey, grazing boards do not need to break the bank to be impressive. And, we're proving that with today's simple, inexpensive, and totally adorable board.
Today, we're making a Sandwich Charcuter-tree!
This board is as simple as it gets. We're taking deli meats, deli cheese, and fresh veggies then transforming them into a beautiful, edible Christmas tree! Talk about a budget friendly and kid friendly board!
First, let's talk about how we get the tree shape for this board. We can go about this one of two ways. First, with grazing boards becoming so popular these days, it's pretty easy to find tree shaped serving boards. I got a tree shaped board from Homegoods for under $15. But, you can also find them on Amazon. However, if you're not interested in investing in a tree shaped board, that's absolutely ok. You can make an equally beautiful charcuter-tree on a rectangle shaped board. You'll want to lay the rectangle so the long side is vertical, then you'll place your items on the board in a triangular shape.
The components of this board are as simple as they can get. We're using deli ham, turkey, and roast beef. We're using deli cheddar and pepperjack cheese. We're using spring greens and baby spinach. And, you can't forget the cherry tomatoes that will act as ornaments on our tree. Now, don't like roast beef or don't eat ham? No problem! Just swap it for another type of lunchmeat that you do like. At the end of the day, we are appealing to our own individual tastebuds. Just try to have a variety of colors to add dimension to the board.
When it's time to build, we're going to lay the greens down first. From there, we'll alternate layers of meats and cheeses making sure to leave a row for the tomatoes somewhere in the center. Then to finish the tree, we're going to take a star shaped cookie cutter, cut a piece of American cheese to the star shape, then top our tree with our cheesy star. And since this is a sandwich board, we'll be sure to serve our favorite condiments and a variety of bread choices right on the side of the tree.
This board is such a fun way to present a simple lunch, and that's what grazing boards are about at the end of the day. There is zero effort or special tools involved to create this board, but your loved ones will be so touched by the fun and whimsy that this special presentation brings.
Alrighty, folks. Tomorrow, we're sticking with the pun inspired, decorative theme; so you don't want to miss it!
Until then, enjoy! And, let's eat!
- baby spinach
- spring greens mix (or romaine lettuce, torn)
- deli turkey
- deli ham
- deli roast beef
- cheddar cheese, sliced into rectangles
- pepperjack cheese, sliced into rectangles
- cherry tomatoes
- 1 slice American cheese, cut into a star shape
- mayonnaise, mustard, bread, rolls, for serving
- Using a tree shaped serving board or a rectangle shaped board, alternate greens, lunch meat, and cheese in a triangle shape, starting wide at the bottom and getting more narrow as you reach the top. Add a row for tomatoes. Top with American cheese cut into a star shape with a cookie cutter. Enjoy!
- Plan to serve about 2-3 oz deli meat and 1-2 oz cheese per person. Serve condiments and bread on the side, as needed.
- *I found a tree shaped serving board at Homegoods. A rectangular board works just fine too. Just, stick to that triangle shape for the tree.
- *If you prefer different deli meats, use them! Just try to chose deli meats that are different colors.