Charcuterie, meet brunch.
Grown-up Lunchables. Let’s all face it, that’s all a charcuterie board is. That’s all it is and yet, and YET. We adore it. Charcuterie boards get the best of the whole universe because, by definition, they aren’t limited to one flavor palette. They are ideal for anyone who loves the concept of buffets but doesn’t actually love, y’know, buffets.
Now, what happens when the charcuterie board meets brunch? Magic, that’s what happens. Fizz & Fork magic. You read about our morning trip to the farmers’ market, and this gorgeous creation was the result.
You’ll notice in our charcuterie brunch board we have waffles, chocolate chips, syrup, Greek yogurt with honey, bananas, a berry trio, peaches, port and fig jam, brie, fresh-baked rosemary bread, and bacon. This can easily be adjusted based off availability and the flavor profile you are going for. We could even go so far as to envision a “meat-lovers” brunch board featuring every breakfast meat under the sun, if that’s more your speed. For this one, we started, as we recommended in our last post, at the market, looking for those signature flavors we felt would really make the board pop. This, for us, was the port & fig jam. From there, we went to our ever-favorite grocery store, H-E-B, to fill in the gaps. We tried to be intentional about choosing a balance of flavors, but within that constraint we really just went for whatever sounded good at the time. Have fun with it!
You can read more about our experience picking up jams at the farmers market here.
The key to any good charcuterie, breakfast-themed or not, is a good mix of textures, flavors, and food groups. While we might have gone a little heavy on the fruit, we otherwise think we achieved that here. The port & fig jam ended up being absolutely delectable when spread, alongside the brie, on top of the rosemary bread. The berries and bananas made for an excellent additional topping to the waffles, and the bacon was the perfect bit of crunch. It may not look like a huge board, but this will fill up way more people than you think it will!
What Should You Know Before You Make a Brunch Board?
- Visit a farmers’ market for the highlight pieces of your board. They’re delicious, support a small business, and also make great talking points when you serve.
- Mix up your regular pancake or waffle mix with a mix in, like pecans or blueberries. It will elevate the board without adding much time or difficulty.
- Try to find some clear or antique serving dishes. They make a rough board elegant and are also so fun to look for at thrift stores!
- Have leftovers? Consider making a couple prepacked “meal preps” out of the ingredients. Mix it up with different combos!
When Should You Make a Brunch Board?
This would be a great meal to make when you want to have friends over for brunch and you want to impress them, but have minimal faith in your cooking skills. Boom, the brunch board is there to help. Pour a drop of orange juice into some bubble and you’re ready to go! This is also a great breakfast option for anyone who wants a hearty breakfast but isn’t a fan of eggs!
The Tunes & a Bonus
Our carefully curated playlist from the farmers market is still live and the perfect complement to a brunch board. We know we’ve been grooving to 75 and Sunny nonstop.
We also wanted to share with you a few “Watermelon Sugar” inspired shots. Like mentioned above, we went a little overboard with the fruit purchasing and wanted an artistic way to put them all to good use. We felt these photos accomplished that goal. Also, we got to go to the beach and it was fun! Have a great rest of your week!