Happy Thursday! I decided to share something new today 🙂 .
Today, I thought I’d remind you of one of my favorite places on Nantucket, show you inside and then share a little bit of food at the end. A little combo of everything I love in one place 🙂 .
In the past, I’ve shared…
…my favorite Fall Charcuterie Board from Trader Joe’s, so today, I thought I’d share…
…our Bartlett’s Farm Charcuterie Board 🙂 .
Welcome to Bartlett’s Farm on Nantucket…
…I have been sharing this special farm/grocery store with you guys for YEARS. There are two “normal” grocery stores on the island, but then several other fun markets/gourmet stores. Bartlett’s is super unique because it’s an actual oceanside farm located on over 100 acres right in the heart of Nantucket.
I’ve decided that this part of the island (the Bartlett’s Farm/Cisco area) is my second favorite. I really, really love it.
Okay, you know that we are board people over here and whipping up charcuterie boards to enjoy before dinner is one of our favorite things. Everyone in my family enjoys a board, so the last time I went to grab ingredients, I thought I’d take you with me, show you my new go-to store (since there is not Trader Joe’s on island) and then share what we’re currently loving…
My photos will certainly not do the store justice, but they have produce, a few boxed/canned items, a wonderful bakery, prepared and made to order food (including really great soups, sandwiches and breakfast treats), a coffee bar, local beers and wines and so much more.
Kensington and I went to the store on Monday, grabbed our items…
…checked out and went home to make a pre-dinner board…
…we were grilling steaks and roasting broccoli for dinner, and this was the perfect accompaniment 🙂 .
Here’s my board breakdown…
I vary my board each and every time, but basically, they’re almost always made up of the same “main” ingredients.
#1: I love a bleu cheese. I always think when it comes to cheese, buy the best within your budget but especially when it comes to bleu. It complements everything on the board from the savory olives to the honey and fruit to the spicy pepper jelly.
#2: Boursin. You can buy Boursin at Trader Joe’s, your normal grocery store and even at Bartlett’s. It’s basically a soft cheese that tastes like an herby dip. Pro-tip, if you melt it into a tomato soup on the stove (a store-bought one like from Trader Joe’s), you will get the MOST AMAZING tomato soup. Try it.
#3: Crackers! We love a variety of crackers (always gluten-free at our house). On this night, we had some cheesy, some herby and some plain.
#4: Sharp Cheddar. A really good sharp cheddar is always, always on our board. Even if we make little boards to take to the beach and don’t include a big variety, sharp cheddar is always on it.
#5: Marinated Olives. You can buy marinated olives at your store. They’re an easy way to add flavor and a bit of heartiness to your board.
#6: Flavored Nuts. These are truffle marcona almonds (delicious!), but any flavorful nut will do. They pair nicely with…
#7: Salted Nuts. We also like a basic, lightly salted almond/cashew too.
#8: Fresh Fruit. Depending on the season, we change out our fruit, but right now, our boards have a lot of raspberries and blueberries. I love them because they require no chopping or peeling.
#9: Prosciutto. I love prosciutto especially in the summer! If you love it too, add it to your board and make my Crispy Prosciutto and Melon Salad 🙂 .
#10: Pepperoni. We almost always use a turkey pepperoni. The size of the pepperoni pairs perfectly with the size of a cracker.
#11: Hot Sopressata. Yes and yes! I love this hot salami especially with the goat cheese and honey!
#12: Popcorn. Easy to eat, adds a nice crunch, you don’t have to chop it and it fills in gaps nicely on a board. We like to use a white cheddar version.
#13: Pepper Jelly. In my opinion, a must with meats and cheeses! Being on Nantucket, we’ve been enjoying a Pepper Cranberry Jelly (this is cranberry country!).
#14: Goat Cheese with a Drizzle of Honey. The perfect sweetness…or if we can find it, I’ll add a hot honey for the perfect bit of heat.
So, that’s our current go-to charcuterie board!
What’s a MUST on your board?! I would LOVE to know!
…just in case you need a new cutting board. We use the one you see on our kitchen counter…
…the quality and the sturdiness are really fantastic. I’m going to be giving these as gifts too! I’ve been really impressed with the size, durability and how easy it is to clean this board.
Alrighty, I can’t wait to read your charcuterie board “musts”!
See you all tomorrow! xx