This easy Blue Cheese Fondue Charcuterie Board is super simple to put together and features a rich and creamy blue cheese fondue that contains no alcohol for the most deliciously cheesy dip!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love blue cheese!
I’ve been eating blue cheese since I was a little girl because of my dad.
We both share the love of the rich and creamy texture, dotted with gorgeous veining that is Salemville® Blue Cheese.
I’m so excited to share this Blue Cheese Fondue Charcuterie Board with you, and with my entire family, in all its beautiful glory this upcoming holiday season.
Let’s start with the basics of a charcuterie board.
WHAT DOES CHARCUTERIE MEAN?
Charcuterie is the creation and assembling of meats paired with different accompaniments, such as cheeses, breads, fruit, finger foods, and sauces.
HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE CHARCUTERIE?
You pronounce charcuterie like this shar-ku-tuh-ree.
HOW TO BUILD A CHARCUTERIE BOARD?
Start with good quality cheese, such as Salemville® Cheeses.
Their cheeses are award-winning blue-veined cheeses crafted in the heart of Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland. They are rich in calcium and contain no preservatives or chemical additives, and they taste fabulous.
I like to start by putting some of my liquids, small items, and brined assortments like honey, jams, jellies, pickles, and olives into little bowls, jars, and crocks.
I arrange them onto the board so I can build around them. I also include an additional cheese! For this board, I added a wedge of Salemville® Gorgonzola Cheese.
INGREDIENTS FOR BLUE CHEESE FONDUE:
- 8 ounces Salemville® Blue Cheese
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3/4 cup half-and-half
- 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock
- 4 ounces cream cheese
HOW TO MAKE BLUE CHEESE FONDUE
- Into a medium-size bowl, add blue cheese and crumble. Add in flour, dry mustard, cayenne, and nutmeg, and toss to combine.
- Into a medium-size saucepan over medium heat, add half and half and stock. Bring to a simmer and slowly add in blue cheese mixture, followed by cream cheese.
- Stir to combine until cheese has melted. Place into a serving bowl.
WHAT TO USE FOR A CHARCUTERIE BOARD?
I like to use the largest cutting board I have, which is 18″x 12″
When building a charcuterie board, you can use any large piece of wood—either rectangular or circle—a large tray, or a large platter.
You just want to make sure you have a large enough surface for all your assortments.
WHAT COMES ON A CHARCUTERIE BOARD?
There are no specific rules when it comes to assembling a charcuterie board.
I suggest including a variety of
- 1-2 meats
- Fruit and vegetables
- 1-2 “pickley” things
- 1-2 condiments such as jam, honey, and/or hummus
- 1-2 crunchy items
- crackers and/or bread
When pairing these items together on the cheese board, think of the cheese you are serving. Again, for this charcuterie board, I made a blue cheese fondue and also included a wedge of Salemville® Gorgonzola.
I like to pair blue cheese and gorgonzola cheese with garlic bread, pecans, grapes, and honey. I started with those items and filled in with other items I knew my guests would enjoy such as
- root vegetable chips
- Pepperoni and salami
- dried apricots and dried cranberries
- apples, pears, and pomegranate
- pickles and olives
- crackers and garlic breadsticks
TIPS FOR BUILDING A CHARCUTERIE BOARD
Bring your cheese to room temperature. I serve this blue cheese fondue sauce hot, but I keep the gorgonzola at room temperature.
You can make this charcuterie board without meat. Just leave out the pepperoni and salami, and add more fresh vegetables.
Salemville® Blue cheese and Gorgonzola cheeses complement dessert wines well. We opt for Pinot Noir for a red wine and/or Riesling for a white wine.
CAN I MAKE A CHARCUTERIE BOARD AHEAD OF TIME
You can assemble your charcuterie board ahead of time.
However, slice apples and pears just before guests arrive to avoid browning.
Tightly wrap the entire board in saran wrap and keep at room temperature. If you have items that need to be kept cold, arrange those onto your board right before your guests arrive.
This charcuterie board is perfect for a crowd. It’s also great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, girls’ night in or just because.
Sometimes my husband and I pour a little pinot noir and make a charcuterie board for ourselves to enjoy on the patio or while watching a movie.
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