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I have been entranced by the idea of charcuterie boards for some time now. I see them all over the place on different blogs and I've really wanted to try my hand at doing one. The ones that are mostly shown online are meat and cheese boards, which really look delicious. Holly, from Spend With Pennies teaches how to make one very inexpensively with ingredients purchased from Walmart. I think you could go even less expensive with some ingredients from Dollar Tree as well.
When Lindsey decided to host a Pie Party this year, I knew that I had to try a pie version of the charcuterie board. I found a couple of ideas that I loved:
We thought that it would be a great idea to give away mini pies for people to take home after feasting on pie at the party. So, I decided to make a Pie Party Charcuterie Board to hold the give-away pies! The Reluctant Entertainer purchased her pies, which is an option. But, since we know that our homemade pies taste better than purchased ones, and since people especially requested pecan and apple pies, those are the pies I made.
I loved the idea of tying plaid around the pies! They look so cute! I had some coordinating plaid flannel prints that I cut into strips to use. Here is how I put everything together:
I loved that the Reluctant Entertainer used maple leaf cookies from Trader Joe's, I just didn't have time to go pick any up. But, I loved the Knott's Berry Farm raspberry cookies that I found at the 99 cent store! I mean, you just need to use your imagination and see how things will fit into your board.
I think that you could easily make hand pies to work on a tray like this as well. If you need recipes and ideas for pies, check out our book, For the Love of Pie, available in our Etsy shop.
The fun thing about this board is it will fit into so many situations. I was afraid that using the plaid would make it look to much like a Christmas Board. It could have with a few more touches, but as it was, it fit well into the Pie/Fall theme of the party. So, if you are thinking of doing something like this for the holidays, which I think would be awesome, you might want to look at an idea like this one on Whipperberry! I may have to try that method next!
These charcuterie boards remind me a little bit of Sheet Pan Meals, like these that I talked about a couple of weeks ago. I guess I'm all about the communal eating lately! The Pie Charcuterie Tray was a big success. If you don't have a large microwave platter hanging around, I'll post some options below! If you have other ideas for presenting charcuterie, drop me a line in the comments!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!