From the moment the charcuterie fad started, I have been one who gets lost scrolling through photo after photo of graze boards. They're ALL gorgeous, and they're all so, so different. I've always loved food, and I've always loved art. I have an English degree because I look at writing as an art with words. I play music because I love to create. I look at charcuterie in the same way. It is art with food.
Sure, to some, they may only see "adult lunchables," but let's be real, when I was a kid, I thoroughly enjoyed feeling like I was getting to create my own pizza with those crusts and five pieces of pre-packaged baby pepperonis, so why would I expect it to be any different as an adult? These boards are just too much fun to not make one every now and then.
But as the charcuterie fad kept growing, I started seeing graze tables, which are nothing less than charcuterie boards on steroids, and that became my new goal. I really wanted to make one! I've never been interested in catering events for a living. For someone with an already loaded schedule, I prefer preparing mostly smaller meals for my family or for a small number of guests, but when a friend from church asked me if I would be willing to help with a wedding shower for a super sweet couple, I immediately thought, "this is it!" My friend is extra, and I am definitely extra when it comes to food presentation, so she was ALL for this graze table idea. It was also a plus that the two this the shower was for are super deserving of the extra work, so that's what we did. We worked. We chopped and diced, and we diced and sliced...we worked all night on a Saturday and part of a Sunday morning to throw this couple the most extra wedding shower ever, and this was the result...
We ate. We laughed. We fellowshipped, and then we shared some leftovers at church because there was quite a bit left uneaten. Since the event, I shared some photos on social media and have had several requests for some of the recipes of what you see in the photos, so keep reading and I'll share what we used.
Bacon & Ranch Pasta Salad
I love all things bacon and ranch, and while both are two of my favorite things, the cellentani pasta is what seals the deal for this pasta salad. Just trust me on this one and try it!
Black Bean, Corn & Blackeye Pea Salsa
The BEST cheeseball recipe you'll ever try
Again, with the bacon and ranch, this cheeseball recipe is amazing! If you don't have pecans, use walnuts...either way, you will love this recipe as much as I do.