Char-cu-te-rie, pronounced shahr-koo-tuh-reez, is defined by a deli specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes. In France, you’d find a charcuterie to serve small plates with cheese, smoked meats (especially pork) and sandwiches. But recently, charcuterie boards have taken on a whole new life! Today we are likely to find chef’s boards and charcuteries boards in wine bars, gastropubs and the like. You’ll tend to find these boards stocked with meats, cheese and assorted dried fruits, jams, pickled vegetables and nuts. I love a good chefs board – sitting on the table during a small gathering encourages easy conversations while noshing away at all the amazing morsels while drinking wine and beer.
Which got me to thinking, what a better way to spend mothers day than sitting around with family, chilling with a nice mothers day mimosa catching up with loved ones! In comes Mothers Day Charcuterie breakfast boards. Swapping out the crusty loaf for french toast and belgian waffles, adding fresh fruit with a sweetened mascarpone cheese dip, some cheddar cheese, and hard boiled eggs, and of course including some sausage and bacon!
Another option is a little saltier – waffles, pancakes, fresh melon, strawberries, proscutito, bacon, the mascarpone dip, and added a peanut butter sauce (but a yogurt dipping sauce would be amazing as well with the melon!). Add some smashed avocado and soft boiled eggs with some toast points to take a avocado toast flair! The options are only limited by your imagination.
This was so easy to put together, and most of the ingredients can be made days ahead of time, and simply reheated, toasted or brought to room temperature when you’re ready. And while you’re breaking traditions, take a twist on the ordinary mimosa and swap out the orange juice for fresh juiced grapefruit or strawberry (or any fruit) puree, Im sure mom will be super impressed with your creativity, and culinary skill!
I’d love to see your charcuterie boards, so be sure and tag me if your posted it on social media! Have an amazing Mothers Day!
1cup non fat Greek Yogurt
1/4t orange zest
1T orange juice
1/2t vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients in small mixing bowl, stir to combine and allow to chill for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator
Makes 8 2 Tablespoon servings: 22 cal, 3g Carbs, 0g Fat, 3g Protein
Peanut Butter Sauce
1T smooth peanut butter
1T maple syrup
2T low fat milk
in small sauce pan, over medium high heat, combine peanut butter and maple syrup until it starts to bubble – cook for up to 1 min. Slowly whisk in the milk and allow the sauce to reduce to a thick, syrupy consistency. Serve while warm, or allow to cool to room temperature.
Makes 4 servings (1 tablespoon each): 39 cal, 5g carbs, 2g fat, 1g protein
1cup mascarpone cheese
2T low fat milk
Combine all ingredients in small bowl and serve chilled.
Makes 8 servings (2T each): 138 Cal, 5g Carbs, 12g Fat, 0g Protein