Fall is here and with the Thanksgiving long weekend around the corner, it’s the best time to host friends and family. With entertaining on our mind, we’ve been toying with different ideas for the perfect entertaining spreads to serve guests. 

One of the most popular spreads for entertaining is a charcuterie board. The word charcuterie is derived from the French term for “cooked meat”. It’s typically associated with preserved meats like sausages and pâtés. Because of our history with the French, it’s tradition here in Montreal to welcome our guests with a charcuterie board. Besides the meats, there’s typically a selection of regional cheeses, pickled vegetables, crackers and/or baguettes paired alongside.  

Since the customary charcuterie spread isn’t really geared towards being healthy, we’ve put together a few suggestions to serve up a delicious but more health-conscious board for guests this season.

Instead of sticking with your usual preserved meats, which can be packed full of sodium, we recommend using KRAVE Gourmet Jerky instead. KRAVE Jerky is low in fat, with no added preservatives so guests can feel good about what they’re eating. The different flavour profiles will offer various sweet and savoury flavours in each bite. Texture is important, and this is where cheese comes into play. You can look for cheeses that have lower fat content and go for pickled vegetables that have been organically grown. Figs are a delicious and seasonal fruit that can work well on a board. They’re a great option to use dried as well, along with apricots or cranberries. Add roasted chickpeas for a nice crunch, or walnuts or pecans. Finally, skip the bread and try a rice cracker that is gluten-free with no sodium or cholesterol.

We’ve put together a shopping list for you to take with you when you want to build your own board:

Shopping List
KRAVE Beef Jerky Chili Lime
Brie cheese
Blue cheese
Cheddar cheese
Olives
KRAVE Pork Grilled Sweet Teriyaki
Cornichons
Chickpeas
Walnuts
Almonds
Pecans
Figs
Apricots
Cranberries
KRAVE Pork Black Cherry Barbecue
Rice crackers


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