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How to Make a Paleo Charcuterie Board

Learn how to build a delicious and gorgeous paleo charcuterie board that’ll wow your guests and keep them satisfied until dinner is ready!

Are you a charcuterie board fan? Who isn’t? It’s probably the first thing I go to if I see it at a gathering or a dinner party. I just love that you can pick and choose whatever you want to eat, and you also get to try out some fancy cured meats that you’ve never had before.

I try to make a paleo charcuterie board every year for the holidays for my family. It’s such a crowd pleaser every time and buys me some time to spend on cooking while the guests fill up on the appetizers and the charcuterie board.

While a charcuterie board usually consists of cheese and meats, a paleo version omits cheese, but you have more space to load up with fun ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and dips!

What is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie (pronounced shahr-koo-tuh–ree) is a French term for preparing cured and smoked meats like salami, prosciutto, pâté, ham, and sausages. It is usually accompanied with various cheese, jam, fruits, nuts, and more, and served on a wooden board, many times at gatherings, so you can taste the various flavors with your family and friends.

It’s actually really fun to prepare, and even better to eat. It’s one of my favorite things to eat, especially over the holidays.

How to Make a Paleo Charcuterie Board

A paleo charcuterie board is actually quite easy to make. Overall, you want various textures and flavors like: salty, sweet, and sour. The best thing about it is that it’s totally customizable and it’s so easy to make it look beautiful and delicious.

Here are some components you may want to add to your paleo charcuterie board:

Meats

Cured meats are the stars of the charcuterie board and they are what many people get excited about the most. I like to have about 2-3 oz of meat per person and at least 4 different kinds of meat per board. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Liver pâté: I try to include this in every board I make and it’s always the one that’s gone the fastest.
  • Prosciutto or speck
  • Salami like sopressata or coppa

Vegetables

I like to include a good amount of vegetables on my board, because I always crave something crunchy and refreshing as a palate cleanser after chomping on meats. Some great options are:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli

Fruits

A sweet component is important because the meat is usually on the salty side and you want to balance out the flavors. Plus, sweet ingredients like fruits add such a great color to the charcuterie board making it pop:

  • Fresh fruits like persimmon, grapes, pear, pomegranate, melons, apples, and berries
  • Dried fruits like mangoes, apricots, goji berries, figs, and dates
  • Fruit jams like this paleo orange blueberry jam
  • Chutney

Crackers

There are so many gluten free and paleo crackers out there, but my favorite and the ones I always have on hand are the Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers. They are always loved by both paleo and non-paleo guests!

Something Sour

I always try to have something pickled or acidic on my paleo charcuterie board. It really ties all the flavors together and most people love pickled veggies and condiments! Here are some yummy options:

Other Optional Add-Ons

These are some other components that you may want to add to your board:

Tricks to a Beautiful Paleo Charcuterie Board

With all the components I mentioned above, it’s actually not difficult to make a paleo charcuterie board look beautiful. There are so many colors and textures when you bring all those ingredients together that you’ll find that they just look amazing when placed next to each other.

With that said, here are some tips and tricks to make sure your charcuterie board stands out and wows your guests:

  • Choose a board. You probably have a wooden cutting board already at home. They make a great base and it’ll make it easy for guests to slice into certain meats like salami if they need to. Some fancier boards can be slate or even marble.
  • Spread out each component across the board so you can easily reach for them no matter where you are sitting. For example, make sure there’s some kind of meat on all sides of the board so they are easily accessible.
  • Don’t be afraid to crowd all the ingredients together. The more crowded the board looks, the better the presentation. You want to overlap the components so they look cohesive once finished.
  • For wet ingredients like olives and dips, choose small bowl to put them in, and then replenish once they run low. I like to use ramekins.
  • When you are done arranging, fill up any blank spaces! I really love the look of a full charcuterie board, so I like to add crackers, fruits, or even more meat if I see any blank spots.

I hope these tips to making a paleo charcuterie board are helpful for when you host your next gathering. It may see a bit intimidating at first, but charcuterie boards are actually really easy and fun to make. It’s all about having the ingredients on hand and laying them out in a beautiful, appetizing way!

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Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake

This delicious and easy paleo pear upside down cake is moist, flavorful, and gorgeous the same time. It’s a perfect dessert for the holidays!

Paleo pear upside down cake

As I get my house ready to have my family over the for the holidays, I’m also planning out some of my favorite recipes to make for them. And if I know my dad, he LOVES his sweets. And while I’ll be making my spiced mixed nuts and chocolate chip cookies, I also want to wow them with a dessert that’s decadent and gorgeous at the same time after our Christmas dinner. Enter: this Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake.

Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake Recipe

Upside down cakes are always so pretty to me. With a delicious cake layer underneath a beautiful fruit pattern on top, it’s definitely something that looks fancy while being really easy to make. To use the produce of the current season, I decided to make this Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake since I’ve been seeing a lot of pears during my trips to the farmers market.

Not only is this cake moist and delicious, you can really taste the pear topping which is what I wanted. You don’t need much sweetener to make this cake shine. The ripe pears actually add a lot of flavor and sweetness, and the cake is made with coconut flour to keep it on the lower carb side.

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Tricks to Creating a Beautiful Spiral Topping

Upside down cakes are all about the gorgeous spiral patterned topping. Here are some tips to create this pattern easily:

  • Line the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper. I use a pencil to trace the pan on the paper then cut it into a circle. You definitely don’t want the pear slices to the stick when you flip the cake upside down.
  • Use ripe pears that are still firm enough to slice easily. Mushy, overripe pears won’t hold their shape well.
  • Try to slice the pears into similar sizes so you have a uniform pattern. It’s also important to use 2 pears that are similar in shape and size as well.
  • Space out the slices evenly. They don’t have to be perfect but you’ll find it much easier to close the pattern into a circle with you do!

Don’t stress out if it doesn’t look as nice as you want it to. The cake layer will press down on the pears as they baking together and it’ll be quite forgiving towards any imperfections you have.

I hope you enjoy this yummy and decadent Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake, especially if you have some delicious seasonal pears on hand!

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Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake

This delicious and easy paleo pear upside down cake is moist, flavorful, and gorgeous the same time. It's a perfect dessert for the holidays!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 392kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Pear Topping

Cake

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3.8% | Vitamin C: 2.9% | Calcium: 4.4% | Iron: 13.1%

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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

There’s nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It’s a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

True story: I never actually cooked with pork tenderloin until about a year ago. I only really knew bacon, pork shoulder/butt for pulled pork, and pork chops. Oh yeah, and prosciutto and pancetta! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this leaner and flavorful cut for years so now I’m making up for lost times by trying to eat it often and in various ways.

Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

My newest favorite way to cook it up is this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin filled with a layer of delicious apple, mustard, balsamic, and garlic combo. The sweet taste of apple with the saltiness and crunchiness of bacon is just unbeatable with the tender and juicy pork loin.

Wrapping the Tenderloin with Bacon

Wrapping the pork tenderloin with bacon is actually really simple, even though it may look fancy and complicated. Here are some techniques to ensure that you have a beautiful, well wrapped pork for your end result:

  • Use thin cut bacon that’s stretchy.
  • Lay the bacon slices side by side lengthwise (photo below) slightly overlapping and then lay the pork tenderloin over in crosswise.
  • Do not wrap the pork tenderloin too tight, as the bacon will shrink during cooking.
  • If you can’t get the bacon to stay in place, use a toothpick to secure it.

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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

There's nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It's a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 342kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-10 slices bacon thin cut & sugar free
  • 1/2 medium apple roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Pat dry the pork with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  • Place bacon slices next to each other on a baking sheet or an oven safe skillet, slightly overlapping each other so they are as wide as the length of the pork loin. 
  • Lay the pork on top of the bacon, but don't wrap the bacon around it yet.
  • Place apple, garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and thyme in the food processor and process until they become a thick paste. I like to leave mine a bit chunky but you can process until smooth.
  • Coat the top and sides of the pork loin with the apple mixture. 
  • Carefully wrap the pork loin with the bacon slices, but not too tightly. The bacon will shrink as it cooks. Use toothpicks to secure, if needed.
  • Roast for 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 145 degrees F. 
  • Broil for 3-4 minutes until the bacon crisps up. 
  • Rest for 5 minutes, then cut into slices to serve. You can spoon some of the bacon/pork juice over the slices before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 569mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0.3% | Vitamin C: 2.8% | Calcium: 1.2% | Iron: 7.7%

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