Charcuterie Platter and Fig-Thyme Cocktail

It’s been a busy few months. Time has gone by in a flash. I had a fun, unexpected work trip, and went on vacation soon after that. Next thing I know, the holidays are here!

It is perfect timing for this post because the holiday season is prime time for entertaining. A while back I had the chance to try out a box of charcuterie from Carnivore Club.  Carnivore Club is a cured meat monthly subscription service. There is also an option to order just one box. The items are carefully curated, and include products from artisan charcuterie makers. My box had a good mix of items: pepperettes and summer sausage from Olympia Provisions, and jerky from Long Beach Jerky Co. Everything was delicious, but the pepperettes were my favorite.

I put together this simple platter with the summer sausage and pepperettes from the box, and a wedge of brie. Such a pretty display needed a cocktail, and I quickly mixed up some fig-thyme cocktails. When putting together a charcuterie and cheese platter, remember to compliment it with accoutrements. The accoutrements are the accompaniments to your meat and cheese. They provide different textures, and complementary flavors.  I used:

  • a sweet sauce: home made apricot jam, honey would also work well
  • something acidic: whole grain mustard, it goes really well with the summer sausage
  • something crunchy: Marcona almonds
  • fresh fruit: figs and grapes
  • dry fruit, for a chewy texture: dry apricots
  • bread or crackers: grilled mini flatbreads that have a nice smoky flavor
Charcuterie Platter and Fig-Thyme Cocktail

For each cocktail, you need:

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of fig jam
  • 1 teaspoon of simple syrup or agave
  • 2 ounces of bourbon
  • 1 sprig of thyme

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, and serve in a chilled glass. Garnish with fresh fig slices and a lemon twist.

For Christmas, Carnivore Club has a special limited edition tin and also a gorgeous American pine keepsake box. Order by December 18 for Christmas delivery. I highly recommend it.

Disclosure: I received a sample box from Carnivore Club. I was not compensated for writing this post. All views are my own.






Author: onevanillabean

I have loved cooking and baking since I was 5 years old. It was the one activity that I would share with all my extended family. Like most people, I love traveling. I love visiting the markets, exploring unknown ingredients, and bringing them back home with me for inspiration. I find that recipes with simple and pure ingredients yield the best results.

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