Epic Charcuterie Spread- Recipe and Wine Pairings

HOW-TO: RIBERA Y RUEDA SUMMER CHARCUTERIE SPREAD

What’s the best-kept secret to an epic spread? The small, yet often-overlooked, perfect pairings for the wine in your guests’ glasses! From Black Pepper Cherry Jam for Ribera del Duero Tempranillo and Vanilla Ginger Apricot Jam for Rueda Verdejo, this Summer Charcuterie Spread takes home the prize for the most epically delightful spread that pairs perfectly with both of Spain’s top wine regions. Did we mention Fried Goat Cheese Balls? Oh yes, your summer just got extra delicious.

Golden Rules for Building Your Spread: 
• Sweet: fresh or dried fruits, jams or jellies, honeycomb, candied nuts
• Savory: chorizo, jamón, selection of cheeses (hint: fried goat cheese balls), cheesy breadsticks 
• Salty: olives, pickles, capers, pickled vegetables, tapenade, hummus 
• Crunchy: sweet and spicy nuts, cracker assortment, fresh vegetables
• Wine: Ribera y Rueda, of course!

Black Pepper Cherry Jam

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Serves: 8 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: calories fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound plus 10 ounces fresh cherries, pitted
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper*
  • 1 cup of sugar**

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over low heat, combine cherries and lemon juice. Cook over for 15-20 minutes until cherries soften and break down.
  2. Add pepper and sugar to the pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t bubble over.
  3. Simmer on medium-low for 10-15 minutes or until jam thickens. Remove from heat.
  4. Allow the jam to cool before transferring to a glass container with a lid. Refrigerate and use within 1-2 weeks.

Notes

*This amount of pepper gives the jam heat but is not overwhelming, you can omit entirely if you’d prefer. **The amount of sugar here will depend on how sweet your cherries are and how sweet you like your jam.

Vanilla Ginger Apricot Jam

Yield: Makes about 1 ½ to 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 pound plus 10 ounces apricots, pitted and quartered
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons ginger, finely grated
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar***

Directions

  1. In a large pot over low heat, combine apricots and lemon juice. Cook for 15-20 minutes until apricots soften and break down. Stir occasionally while keeping an eye on it.
  2. Add in ginger, vanilla bean, and sugar. Bring to a boil stirring frequently. Keep an eye on jam so it doesn’t bubble over.
  3. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until jam thickens. Remove from heat.
  4. Allow the jam to cool before transferring to a glass container with a lid. Refrigerate and consume within 1-2 weeks.

***The amount of sugar here will depend on how sweet your apricots are and how sweet you like your jam.

Fried Goat Cheese Balls

Yield: 18-20 goat cheese balls

Ingredients

  • 11 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 ½ tablespoon minced sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, plus more for serving
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for serving
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Vegetable oil
  • Honey, for serving

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese with minced sage, ½ teaspoon sea salt, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Mix until well combined.
  2. Roll goat cheese mixture into 1 to 1 ½ inch balls.
  3. Place flour, egg, and panko into three separate bowls.
  4. Dip each goat cheese ball into the flour, followed by the egg mixture, then generously coat in breadcrumbs.
  5. Place goat cheese balls on a plate or tray and freeze at least 20-30 minutes before frying.
  6. Line a plate with paper towels. In a deep heavy-bottomed pot, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Test the heat of the oil by frying one goat cheese ball—if it melts or disintegrates the oil is not hot enough.
  7. Fry goat cheese balls in batches until golden and hot inside. Turn them frequently when frying, allowing about 3-5 minutes of cook time.
  8. Place onto a prepared plate to drain excess oil.
  9. Serve immediately with honey, more lemon zest, and a sprinkle of sea salt.

How to Build Your Summer Charcuterie Board

  • Sweet: vanilla ginger apricot jam, black pepper cherry jam, cherries, strawberries, dried citrus, ripe cherry tomatoes, peaches, apricots, honey, fig, and almond wedge
  • Savory: panko fried goat cheese balls, salami, rosemary ham, varying selection of cheese
  • Salty/Briny: cornichons, green olives marinated in olive oil, lemon, and black pepper
  • Texture/Crunch: sweet and spicy pecans, salted almonds and cashews, cracker assortment
  • Wine: Ribera Tempranillo for the Black Pepper Cherry Jam and Rueda Verdejo for the Vanilla Ginger Jam

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