Charcuterie Cups – Family Fresh Meals


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When I have parties, I like to make a snack board with an assortment of tasty finger foods. By mixing up the snacks – light and hearty, savory and sweet – I can make sure everyone gets something they like.Charcuterie Cups on a cutting board

The only problem with a really good snack board is that guests tend to cluster around it instead of mingling. They could just scoop up one tasty tidbit or another and wander off, but they’d have to come back in a minute or two when their nibbles were all gone.

That’s why, for my next party, I’m serving these Charcuterie Cups instead. They have all the components of a delicious charcuterie snack board in little plastic cups – one for each guest.

Each cup contains skewers of salami slices, Brie, blackberries, grapes, and olives, with snack nuts, crackers, and cheese twists filling in the gaps. Guests can carry the whole snack assortment wherever they go, using one hand to hold the cup and the other to eat from it.

With no refreshment table to hold them in place, my guests can mingle to their hearts’ content. And I can grab my own little cup and join in.

 Recipe Tips:  How should I store these?

  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Assemble as close to serving time as possible. Disassemble any leftover and store the components in airtight baggies or containers.
  • The sky is the limit for charcuterie cups. Try to use a balance of meats, cheeses, crackers, nuts, and berries/vegetables.
  • Look for ingredients that are “dry” so that juices and flavors aren’t mingling or going to compromise other ingredients in the cups.
  • Weight the bottom of the cup with heavier ingredients (like nuts) to balance taller ingredients like cheese twists, breadsticks, tall crackers, etc.

How to Make Charcuterie Cups

  1. Open the packaging for all of your charcuterie components so that they are easily accessible while building your charcuterie cups. ingredients for Charcuterie Cups laid out
  2. Spread out your cups – the short plastic cups work well to hold plenty of goodies and also look impressive. Fill the bottom of each cup with a few almonds (these are nice and dry so they won’t mind the other components resting in them and they also weight down the bottom of the cup a bit.)
  3. Add your tall components (in this case, the cheese twists.) The cheese twists will frame the back of the cup. Add crackers to the cup also.adding cheese twists and almonds to cups
  4. Fold pieces of salami into fourths and poke onto a food pick. Line up 4-5 pieces of salami on each pick (or whatever fits). Tuck the salami picks into the charcuterie cup.folding salami on to skewer
  5. Cut the brie into eight wedges. Place a wedge of cheese and some berries or grapes onto a pick. Make cheese/fruit picks and add them to the charcuterie cups.adding berries and cheese to another skewer
  6. Make olive picks and add them to the cups.placing olives on food picks
  7. Finish the cups by placing an herb sprig toward the back of the cup. Fill empty space with more grapes, berries, and nuts.Charcuterie Cups on a cutting board

 

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Charcuterie Cups on a cutting board

Charcuterie Cups

With these Charcuterie Cups, guests can carry the whole snack assortment wherever they go. Perfect for any gathering and easy to customize.

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. variety package of salami we used peppered and felino salami
  • 1 oz jar green olives or mixed olives
  • 4 oz. round of brie cheese
  • 5 oz. rosemary and sea salt “fancy” almonds
  • 8 oz. sugar snap peas
  • 1 lb. red seedless grapes
  • 12 oz. blackberries
  • 4 oz. package of cheese twists
  • 8 oz. package of crackers we used a date and seed specialty cracker
  • Fresh herb sprigs for garnish rosemary, lavender, basil, or oregano work well

Instructions

  • Open the packaging for all of your charcuterie components so that they are easily accessible while building your charcuterie cups.

  • Spread out your cups – the short plastic cups work well to hold plenty of goodies and also look impressive.

  • Fill the bottom of each cup with a few almonds (these are nice and dry so they won’t mind the other components resting in them and they also weight down the bottom of the cup a bit.)

  • Add your tall components (in this case, the cheese twists.) The cheese twists will frame the back of the cup. Add crackers to the cup also.

  • Fold pieces of salami into fourths and poke onto a food pick. Line up 4-5 pieces of salami on each pick (or whatever fits). Tuck the salami picks into the charcuterie cup.

  • Cut the brie into eight wedges. Place a wedge of cheese and some berries or grapes onto a pick. Make cheese/fruit picks and add them to the charcuterie cups.

  • Make olive picks and add them to the cups.

  • Finish the cups by placing an herb sprig toward the back of the cup. Fill empty space with more

  • grapes, berries, and nuts.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 457kcal (23%)Carbohydrates: 41g (14%)Protein: 19g (38%)Fat: 33g (51%)Saturated Fat: 9g (45%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 42mg (14%)Sodium: 1316mg (55%)Potassium: 550mg (16%)Fiber: 7g (28%)Sugar: 16g (18%)Vitamin A: 535IU (11%)Vitamin C: 28mg (34%)Calcium: 153mg (15%)Iron: 4mg (22%)





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