Valley Fig Growers

Charcuterie Board with Dried Fig Relish

A show-stopping charcuterie board makes a gorgeous statement for a party and it’s relatively stress free. In other words, it’s not cooking. It’s shopping!
 
The elements on the antipasto platter—sliced cured meats, wedges of cheese, some pickles or olives, mustard, toasted nuts, fresh and dried fruit—pair well with something a bit tart and sweet, like this simple dried fig relish made with California Dried Figs
 
The “recipe” for the antipasto platter here is just a guideline. You can concentrate on a particular region and choose meats and cheeses from France, Italy or Spain for example, or you can be guided by what appeals to you that is available in the market. For the meats, allow 2 ounces per person for an appetizer platter, up to 5 ounces if the charcuterie board is for a meal. Choices range from pre-sliced meats such as prosciutto or Spanish ham (Serrano or Iberico), Italian dry cured beef (bresaola ), German speck and mortadella.  Hard salamis such as sopressata, smoked kielbasa and capicola are also good candidates. 
 
Offer three types of cheeses—something soft and pungent like a soft blue Castello, a triple crème Tur or Brillat-Savarin, or Brie; something firm like an aged Parmigiano; and something in between, like a Gouda or Spanish manchego. Once again, be guided by your taste and what is available, or focus on a particular region or country.
 
Wash all of it down with a chilled rose or sparkling Lambrusco. It’s officially summer; the living should be easy!
 
Serves 6

Ingredients

For the relish (makes about 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 cup diced Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Dried Figs
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped green olives
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted almonds
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons snipped mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the platter

  • Fig relish
  • 12 ounces sliced, cured meat 
  • 3 wedges of cheese 
  • 1/2 cup toasted whole almonds
  • Small pot of mustard
  • 1/2 pound red or purple grapes
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup olives
  • 1/2 cup cornichons
  • Toasted baguette slices
  • Crackers

 

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a bowl, stir together the figs, olives, almonds, celery, and mint leaves.
  2. Stir in the vinegar and oil and taste. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to a small serving bowl.
  3. Arrange the fig relish, meat, cheese, almonds, mustard, grapes, berries, olives and cornichons on a platter. Serve with baguette and crackers.

Recipe and photo by Sally Pasley Vargas

Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 600
  • % Calories from Fat 47%
  • Fat 31
  • Cholesterol 65
  • Protein 26
  • Carbohydrates 54
  • Fiber 8
  • Iron 4
  • Sodium 1880
  • Calcium 356
  • Potassium 462