We went HUGE on our Summer Charcuterie Board

Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

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.



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Comments (17)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good afternoon Susan,

We just returned from a wonderful lunch, and my mouth is waterin.   I love your charcuterie board.  I have always made my eggs as you described, and I usually start with them at room temp.  

Jul 16, 2021 01:21 PM
Susan Emo

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel   I feel so bad for people who have those dark rings.  I try to share this often because it is so simple.   My eggs are room temp and the water is room temp to cold.  In Australia they drop their eggs into boiling water and I always wondered what happened to the yolks. ???

Jul 16, 2021 02:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Susan- I could graze around your charcuterie board all day!!!!  It's funny because I was at the hairdresser this afternoon and she was talking about a charcuterie board for her daughter's birthday. I'm going to show her your radishes!!!

Jul 16, 2021 02:23 PM
Susan Emo

Kathy Streib those little mice were a hit with the wee ones!!

Jul 16, 2021 02:48 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, that's an amazing charcuterie board, and I love your mice!

Jul 17, 2021 05:37 AM
Susan Emo

Fun to do too!

Jul 17, 2021 09:56 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Susan! Wow, you knocked it out of the park. Great job. I hope if we do this again, you'll include some videos. You are a master chef!

Jul 17, 2021 08:08 AM
Susan Emo

Thanks, but it is hard to cook and video at the same time.  Some day maybe!

Jul 17, 2021 09:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 17, 2021 06:13 PM
Susan Emo

I'm honoured - thank you!

Jul 18, 2021 10:27 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Susan - wow that is a real work of art as well as a culinary treat.  I am sure your guests loved it.

Jul 18, 2021 04:34 AM
Susan Emo

It was so fun to have it carried out to the party - lots of oohs and aahs  lol

Jul 18, 2021 10:27 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

My gosh that is truly a beautiful spread, Susan. Honestly, one of the most impressive selection of nibble foods I've ever seen. I am going to try your eggs, and the radishes for the grandkids. 

Jul 18, 2021 05:47 AM
Susan Emo

Thank you Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD   I hope your little ones enjoy the mice as much as ours did!

Jul 18, 2021 10:28 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

That is one gorgeous board.  I love the idea of using pickled beet juice to color the eggs.  Thank you for sharing the technique with us.

Jul 18, 2021 06:31 AM
Susan Emo

Something so simple but really makes a show!  I hope you enjoy them.

Jul 18, 2021 10:29 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Susan!! I've been racking my brain trying to find a theme for my next party!!  This is IT!!!  THANK YOU for the BRILLIANT display and ideas!  

Jul 18, 2021 09:54 AM
Susan Emo

I'm so glad you've been inspired!   Back before lumber prices sky rocketed, my husband picked up this 8' plank and sealed it just for this purpose.  Have fun and let your imagination run wild!

Jul 18, 2021 10:30 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That s a lot of hard work and the colors are great.  Now I need to go find something to eat

Jul 18, 2021 02:14 PM
Susan Emo

Like in most things, prep is the key.  That way, the day is yours to enjoy with your guests!

Jul 18, 2021 03:21 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Susan Emo,

OMG!! I love this gorgeous tray of food!..so gorgeous and yummy looking...you are the queen of Charcuterie Boards!! Thank you for sharing!!

Jul 18, 2021 05:34 PM
Susan Emo

Thanks Dorie Dillard Austin TX  I just love creating these (every board has been different)  You can add in something for everyone, even if it is ready made and you just have to place it on the board, lol

Jul 19, 2021 07:49 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Oh I am so Glad Kathy Streib  featured your post and I popped in.... these posts are in my wheelhouse, loved the pictures and oh boy I will have to copy the mice that is just great:) Endre

Jul 18, 2021 08:37 PM
Susan Emo

I'm glad you stopped by!   The kids loved discovering where all the mice were hidden,  lol

Jul 19, 2021 07:50 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

WOW, Susan! As Dorie Dillard Austin TX said, you are the queen of Charcuterie Boards! I am having a party next weekend and this is JUST what I needed to read tonight. Thank you for the inspiration! If you would, I would love the tips on making the radish mice - how adorable.


Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Jul 18, 2021 08:41 PM
Susan Emo

Thanks Debe Maxwell, CRS   These are so simple to prepare and guests are always impressed (don't tell them it was easy, lol)  Here's the link to the little mice and penguins too: radish mice

Have fun with it!

Jul 19, 2021 07:54 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think I need something like this charcuterie board in my life with my own favorite dietary treats I like

Jul 18, 2021 09:35 PM
Susan Emo

That's the beauty of these boards; you can include all your faves!

Jul 19, 2021 07:54 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Congrats on your masterpiece!

Jul 19, 2021 12:29 PM
Susan Emo

Thanks Lyn - it's a good thing I can cook because I sure can't draw or paint, lol

Jul 19, 2021 02:03 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Susan - very nice!  What's more appetizing the photos or the descriptions?  Hmm - why decide?  Of course, I realize enjoying it in-person would be even better.  

Jul 20, 2021 03:45 AM
Susan Emo

Michael Jacobs - Thank you - you are most welcome to Emo's Eating Emporium at any time ;)

Jul 20, 2021 08:14 AM
Michael Jacobs


Jul 20, 2021 08:53 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Charcuterie Boards are popping up everywhere lately.  I must say however, Susan Emo's wins the prize.  Absolutely amazing!

Jul 31, 2021 06:44 PM
Susan Emo

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat   It was so much fun to create and even more fun to watch our Guests devour!!

Aug 01, 2021 09:57 AM