We love to eat al fresco at our home and whenever we have guests, we do our best to make the spread something special. When it comes to a Charcuterie Board, it isn't always easy for 25 guests! But. at Emo's Eating Emporium, we don't let that stop us. This 8 foot presentation of all that I enjoy went over a treat for all.
There's too much to include all but the thought process began with a Salmon Nicoise Salad
Traditionally, it is made of boiled egg, boiled potato, blanched green beans, olives, radishes and cold poached salmon. I added endive for some freshness too.
I added in my family fave of Devilled Eggs, both traditional (for my Mother lol) and the very pretty Pickled Beet Devilled Egg. It is so simple but very showy!
Directions for these colourful eggs (which are also perfect at Easter!):
A day or 2or 3 in advance, place your raw eggs in a pot of cold water covering their tops. Bring to a boil and cover, turning off heat for 12 minutes. This is how you prevent that horrid dark ring around the yolk!! Then run eggs under cold water and peel, taking care to keep them smooth.
Get a bowl or large mason jar and place all your eggs in with plenty of room to fill with the liquid from a few jars of pickled beets. Make sure they're all immersed. Cover and place in frig until ready to use. The longer they sit, the brighter the colour!
Drain the eggs and cut each egg in half horizontally and gently remove the yolk.
Mash the yolks together with minced onion, a spoonful of yellow mustard, 2 spoonfuls of Mayo and I like to add a wee bit of tumeric for extra colour. Pipe or spoon the yolk mixture back into the cut eggs. Enjoy the wows and compliments! I've been making these for decades and they never fail to impress, lol
You might also have noticed my little radish mice ?
Very simple but appreciated by kids of all ages! Ask me if you can't figure out how they're made.
Summer parties are always such fun but they don't always have to involve the grill. If you're like me and you'd prefer to have everything ready in advance, this is a perfect solution. Cold meats, cheeses, shrimp, fruit, nuts and nibblies fill in all the gaps. Stay tuned for a few nibblies quick and easy recipes.