Charcuterie: Southern Style
Do you know the history of charcuterie? No, great! That’s what we're going to talk about today. And some deliciousness of course!
Charcuterie is a French term from the 15th century, used to describe a branch of cooking that is devoted to prepared meat products. At that time people would use every last morsel of meat, preserve it, and cure to form sausage or dry-aged meat. It was originally intended to preserve meat before the introduction of refrigeration. The French term for one who practices charcuterie is charcuterie, translated as “pork butcher.”
This week our meat of choice is bacon! Everyone loves bacon…and breakfast, right!?! My family loves breakfast so much we have it for dinner as well! If you haven’t tried it, you most certainly should.
Our friends at Baked on the James in Scottsville, VA inspired me to take a different route with charcuterie and turn it into my most favorite meal of the day. Simple elements of a charcuterie are meat, cheese, fruit and some type of cracker. So in this Charcuterie we have bacon (yum), Vermont white cheddar, biscuits (cheers from the southerners), fried egg, honey (beekeeper here) and of course gravy (it’s a must). I added the cinnamon rolls for something sweet and savory, like dessert. And if you have a picky family or friends there are so many directs this charcuterie can go.
Out of this charcuterie you can have a traditional biscuits and gravy with a side of eggs and fruit. Or if you’re a breakfast sandwich lover you can have a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit. And if you haven’t had a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit with some honey added to it, you just haven’t lived the southern life yet. There is something sweet for those kiddos that just don’t do breakfast. I mean c’mon, who turns down cinnamon rolls. This is an easy, non-traditional way to take breakfast up a notch and make it fun! You can make it a quick Saturday pick up and go because everyone is busy or a fun brunch with the ladies – add Mimosas and your set!
You will see more of these fun, non-traditional charcuterie boards in the future! Be on the lookout. Thanks for stopping by!