Wondering how to include the picky-eater kids in your holiday Charcuterie plans? We found some great ideas online, the foremost being this one by SevenLayerCharlotte.com.
To make a Christmas charcuterie board that the kids will like, you may wish to avoid including anything with strong or stinky flavors or aromas.
We recommend these:
- Monterey Jack: Cut some into Christmas trees using a cookie cutter, and dust those with dried parsley (fresh would be better) for the green color
- Colby Jack: Cut some into slices, and some into cubes
- Mozzarella balls: Cut them in half and pair with the pepperoni to be red and white striped like a candy cane.
For more kid-friendly meats, rather than the favorites prosciutto and salami, we recommend:
- Deli Turkey: Roll each slice and cut them in half.
- Pepperoni: Fold the circles and put them on the skewers with the mozzarella to be reminiscent of candy cane stripes.
- Strawberries: Keep some of the tops on to add a touch of green.
- Green Grapes: Cut them into quarters to help prevent any choking, if you have smaller children in your party.
- Mandarin Oranges: Peel some and keep some whole, just to add that pop of color.
- Pineapple: Cut this into stars! The creator of this board took pictures as she cut it, and we included her tutorial below.
HOW TO CUT A PINEAPPLE INTO STARS
Using a large knife, cut the top and bottom off of the pineapple.
Stand the pineapple up, and cut the exterior off, cutting from top to bottom. Make sure to cut far enough in that the brown spots are cut out.
Cut one of the pointed corner sides off.
Slice a 1/4-1/2 inch piece from one side.
Then cut another piece the same size. This will put you close to the core, but you should be able to get two slices out of this.
Do the same on the other side of the pineapple, so that you end up with four slices that you can use the cookie cutter on.
Lay those pieces flat, and press the cookie cutter down hard enough to cut through the fruit. If there are any rough edges, use a paring knife to cut them off and create a smooth side to the star.
Cut up any extra pineapple and use on the charcuterie tray, underneath the stars.