Our family holiday celebrations are a full day event. We’ll spend the day visiting, playing games, snacking and preparing an incredible dinner. We’ve come to really appreciate The Charcuterie Board. This year, I’ve tried my hand at creating a special one just for Saint Patrick’s Day. I focused on learning more about traditional and popular Irish foods for my Saint Patrick’s Day Charcuterie. Here is what I was able to come with.
Prepared Meats and other Proteins
Charcuterie refers to the art of cooking and preparing meats. So, logically, the focus of a charcuterie is the assortment of prepared meats you select.
- Chilled Spiced Corned Beef – Very popular traditional Irish meat that is salty and very flavorful.
- Dried Meats – Not so Irish, but something my family greatly enjoys are dried Salamis.
- Alderwood Smoked Sockeye Salmon – Ireland is known for it’s smoked and cured salmon, so I had to include some.
- Beet Pickled Eggs (hard boiled eggs soaked in pickled beet juice for 24 hours)
This St. Patrick’s Day practice board, primarily focuses on Irish flavors. I included some personal favorites and ventured out to discover more. Irish Cheddar and Herbed Goat Cheese are a couple standards I corporate when serving Smoked Salmon and Hazelnuts with Rosemary. They all work very well together. Porter Ale Cheddar is a very curious looking cheese and I’ve wanted to give it a try for a very long time. To my surprise, it’s really delicious. The Porter adds an unexpected sweetness to the cheese.
- Drunk Goat Cheese
- Porter Ale Cheddar
- Irish Cheddar
- Black River Blue Cheese
- Port Salute
- Herbed Goat Cheese
No meal is complete without bread or crackers. For this charcuterie, I baked Irish Tea Brack and Soda Bread. Using the these two traditional Irish breads, I made crostini. They turned out amazing and went perfectly with the flavors on the board.
- Irish Tea Brack Crostini – A dried fruit bread (often referred to a speckled bread) using tea as it’s only liquid.
- Rosemary Soda Crackers – The rosemary goes beautifully with the cheeses.
- Irish Soda Bread Crostini – A sweet bread that compliments the meats and cheese.
With all of the flavors already on the this Saint Patrick’s Day Charcuterie board, I wanted to limit any additional flavors. Berries are a common food in the Ireland, as well as, hazelnuts. So, I added them both to the board to stand out while complementing the meats.
- Rosemary Hazelnuts
“Laughter is brightest where food is best.” – Irish Proverb
For my first Saint Patrick’s Day Charcuterie, I wanted to create a palette of traditional Irish flavors while also adding some creativity. The crostini made from traditional Tea Brack and Soda Bread where a lovely addition and I’m thrill that they turned out so well. Pulling this together a was great deal of fun. Learning about traditional Irish flavors and foods made this an even more special project. Wishing you a joyous St. Patty’s Day!