From the cheese ball to the grilled chunks of SPAM, this Epic Retro SPAM Charcuterie Board is a big party hit. Serve at your next party for tasty FUN!

Epic Retro SPAM Charcuterie Board

What does every holiday have in common? In my house, two things. A cheese board and people. Regardless of the season, or the occasion, a charcuterie or cheese board is often the way we start off our gatherings.

A charcuterie board or cheese board

A charcuterie board or cheese board is casual, and makes people feel comfortable the minute they walk through the door. It literally brings people together! You may have already tried my Epic Shrimp Cocktail Charcuterie Board or  Party Ham Rolls Charcuterie Board for the holidays! (Thank you everyone who has sent me pictures of your success! So fun!)

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For this Epic Retro SPAM Charcuterie Board, think New Year’s Eve, Game Day, Winter Blue’s Party Day, football food, or an any time of year party! Just remember to put on your retro red heels!

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Retro party idea

A retro party idea: Ask everyone to wear their favorite retro outfit, hat, or even shoes!

Thank you Friends, for your love and support in 2018! Clearly my charcuterie boards were a big hit; my sole purpose in sharing these awesome ideas with you has been to inspire more hospitality in your own homes!

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Best of Nine 2018

Every year on Instagram, bloggers feature their “Best of Nine,” which means their top 9 posts on Instagram.

I love these photos that were a big hit in 2018. It also shows that we had a lot of people into our home this past year, to eat all that great food. Toward the end of the year, my hubby made me a large board that we could actually transport when we go to parties!

Life is rich when we connect with others.

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Epic Retro SPAM Charcuterie Board

So what is this Epic Retro SPAM Charcuterie Board I’m sharing today? “Retro” means imitating a style, fashion, or design from the recent past.

What did I eat as a kid? SPAM! We always had it when camping. Fried with bacon and eggs and hash browns. Honestly, it was the best breakfast, now a blast from the past. So tasty and good, I wanted to make a fun SPAM Charcuterie Board.

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What is typically on a charcuterie plate?

Everyone asks me about the word “charcuterie” (shah-cute coot-uh-ree). It’s a French word for dry-cured, cooked or smoked meats. This category includes favorites like bacon, ham, pâté, and sausages. So naturally we ask if SPAM is a cured meat? I had to look it up.

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Is SPAM cured meat?

The label says: “pork with ham.” So according to the USDA, ham is the hind leg of a pig that’s been preserved, colored, and flavored through a curing process, while pork is just meat from the hog.

How did we cook it? We cut it into large square chunks and grilled it to perfection.

SO GOOD! What a fun party idea for New Year’s Eve or even GAME DAY in 2019!

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Does cured meat need to be cooked?

The answer, in short, is if it is cured, smoked or baked, ham is considered “pre-cooked,” and would not technically need to be cooked. … As a deli meat, it can be eaten right out of the refrigerator, or in the case of SPAM, right out of the can.

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Loneliness in America

The bad side of cocooning is that loneliness happens! The book American Cozy says that not only does isolation feel bad, it also has negative effects on individuals and society! And … it’s bad for your health and sad for your soul.

So for 2019, I have a TON of charcuterie ideas I’ll be sharing with you. INVITE, KEEP IT EASY. MAKE IT COZY. GET TO KNOW NEW PEOPLE. LOOK FOR WAYS TO CONNECT. LOOK FOR WAYS TO LOVE!

And, as I always say … BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER in 2019! Thank you for all your love and support, dear readers!

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Epic Retro SPAM Charcuterie Board

Ingredients

  • Cheese ball
  • Pretzel bombs, bites
  • Parsley
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cans Spam, cut in chunks and grilled
  • Salami slices
  • Cheddar cheese, sliced
  • Ritz crackers
  • Trisket crackers
  • Celery pieces stuffed with cream cheese
  • Carrot sticks
  • Pickled green beans
  • Mixed nuts
  • Black olives
  • Green olives
  • Onion or clam dip

Instructions

  • On a large round platter, place the cheese ball in the center, surrounding it with pretzel bombs (bites) or small rolls. Place parsley and cherry tomatoes around the bread.
  • Next layer the salami, cheese, and crackers.
  • Cut the 2 cans of SPAM into large chunks and grill for about 5 minutes. Place a toothpick in each bite. Arrange around the cheese and crackers.
  • Place the onion (or clam) dip and olives in small bowls next to the edge of the tray.
  • Fill the celery slices with cream cheese. Fill in the spaces with mixed nuts, celery, carrots, and pickled green beans. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

I bought the pretzel bombs from Grocery Outlet, but you can use regular pretzel bread and slice or cut into pieces.
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How to season a Charcuterie Board

If a wood board says it “not food safe,” you can lightly sand it down with sand paper, and rub down with beeswax and mineral oil.

We used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.

Or, lay down parchment paper! Easy peasy!

More ideas: How to make an Asian Inspired Cheese Board [FoodieCrush] and Cornucopia Cheese Board [BakerMama].

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