Jam & Jelly Pairings with Charcuterie Boards
Jams and jellies are commonly used on charcuterie boards because they add a sweet and tangy flavor that complements the salty and savory flavors of cured meats and cheeses. The texture of jams and jellies also provides a nice contrast to the hard and soft textures of meats and cheeses.
In addition, jams and jellies can also act as a palate cleanser, helping to refresh your taste buds in between bites of rich and flavorful meats and cheeses. They also add a pop of color to the charcuterie board, making it look more visually appealing and appetizing.
Here are some tips for using the jams on your next charcuterie board:
- Fantastic Fig Jam: This jam pairs well with blue cheese, brie, or goat cheese. Add it to your cheese board alongside these types of cheeses and some crackers or sliced baguette.
- Sherry's Cherry Jam: This jam goes well with aged cheddar or gouda. Pair it with these types of cheese, some nuts, and a few grapes or cherry tomatoes for color and texture.
- Perfect Peach Jam: This jam pairs well with creamy cheeses like brie or camembert. Add it to your cheese board with some nuts, dried apricots, and crackers.
- Bedford Blackberry Jam: This jam has a tart flavor that pairs well with sharp cheddar or blue cheese. Add it to your cheese board alongside these types of cheeses, some grapes, and some sliced cured meats like prosciutto or salami.
- Marvelous Multiberry Jam: This jam is a versatile option that goes well with a variety of cheeses. Pair it with some cheddar, brie, or gouda, some nuts, and some fresh or dried fruit.
- Superb Strawberry Jam: This jam has a classic, sweet flavor that pairs well with a variety of cheeses like brie, cheddar, or cream cheese. You can serve it alongside these types of cheese on a platter or board with some crackers or sliced baguette.
- Wicked Good Red Raspberry Jam: This jam has a sweet and slightly tart flavor that goes well with salty meats like prosciutto or ham. You can add it to your charcuterie board alongside these meats, some aged cheddar or gouda, and some crackers or crostini. Alternatively, you can serve it alongside some fresh raspberries and whipped cream for a dessert-themed board.
- As for Wicked Good Blueberry Jam, it has a sweet and slightly tangy flavor that would pair well with creamy cheeses like brie or goat cheese. You can add it to your cheese board alongside these types of cheese, some nuts, and some fresh blueberries for a pop of color. Alternatively, you can add it to your charcuterie board alongside some sliced ham, crackers, and some dried apricots for a sweet and savory combination.
- Zetz Red Pepper Jam, the spiciness of the jam can be balanced out by the creaminess of soft cheeses like brie or goat cheese. Serve the jam alongside these types of cheese on a platter or board with some crackers or sliced baguette.
Constructing a charcuterie board is a fun and easy way to entertain guests or enjoy a delicious snack. Here are some steps to follow when building a charcuterie board:
- Choose a board or platter: Select a board or platter that is large enough to hold all of your items, and consider the material of the board (wood, slate, etc.) for aesthetic appeal.
- Choose your meats: Select a variety of cured meats, such as prosciutto, salami, and ham. Offer different types of meat to provide a range of flavors and textures.
- Choose your cheeses: Select a variety of cheeses, such as brie, cheddar, and gouda. Offer both soft and hard cheeses for a range of textures and flavors.
- Add crackers and bread: Provide a selection of crackers and bread to serve alongside the meats and cheeses. Choose a variety of types and textures, such as crispbread, baguette slices, and gluten-free options.
- Add fruits and vegetables: Include fresh fruits and vegetables to add color and texture to the board. Grapes, strawberries, and sliced apples are good options, as are cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and olives.
- Add dips and spreads: Offer a selection of dips and spreads, such as hummus, tapenade, and pâté. Jams and jellies can also be added as a sweet and tangy complement to the meats and cheeses.
- Arrange the items on the board: Start by placing the larger items on the board first, such as the cheeses and meats. Then, fill in the empty spaces with the crackers, fruits, and dips.
- Garnish and serve: Add some fresh herbs or nuts to the board to add color and texture, then serve and enjoy!
Laurel Hill Jams and Jellies offers a wide range of high-quality jams that can add an extra dimension of flavor to your charcuterie board. These jams are made from fresh, natural ingredients and are crafted in small batches to ensure the best taste and quality. With a little creativity and a selection of tasty ingredients, you can create a beautiful and delicious spread that will impress your guests.