Southern Snacks for Your Holiday Cheese & Charcuterie Board
by The Local Palate Marketplace
No matter what your holiday celebrations look like this year, an artful cheese and charcuterie board will not disappoint. You can create your own crowd-pleaser with the addition of an array of Southern snacks and sides that are handcrafted or cultivated by locals. Treat a gathering of any size to a sampling of the South, and serve these spreads, nuts, and preserves alongside your favorite cheeses and cured meats.
Royal Fuzz Bee Co. Raw Estate Honey
The healthy, fuzzy bees of Royal Fuzz Bee Co. produce this golden honey on Luke and Katie Garner’s farm outside of Birmingham, Alabama. With bright notes of honeysuckle, privet, and wildflowers, the raw nectar is all-natural and will please even the pickiest of honey purists. Drizzle it over a soft cheese for a marriage of sweet and salty flavors.
This versatile blueberry jam from Bourbon Barrel Foods offers a delicate, flavorful balance of bourbon and cardamom spice. Made in small batches by Joyce and Charlie of Friends Drift Inn in Pikeville, Kentucky, the jam’s organic blueberries come through in every bite. We recommend pairing it with fresh goat cheese.
Charlie Stephenson and Jim Lawlor of Pickled Pink jar their pickled products by hand in Georgia using old family recipes. There’s no need to pick a favorite: With this 4-pack, you can adorn your snack board with Garlic Dill Pickles, Sweet Heat Jalapeños, Perfectly Picked Peaches, and Honey Cinnamon Beets.
Gillespie’s Salted Peanuts
Looking to add some crunch to your board? Peanuts are a tried-and-true snack board staple. We say it’s best to keep things simple here, so go for Gillespie’s Salted Peanuts, which are grown on Rogers Brothers Farm in Hartsville, South Carolina.
Southern Straws Cheese Straws
It wouldn’t be a Southern holiday celebration without cheese straws. Margaret and Neal Amos, a mother-son duo, make Southern Straws Cheese Straws by hand in Columbus, Georgia, with a recipe that dates back several generations. These buttery, bite-sized snacks will add vibrant pops of color to your Southern snack board.