Let’s be honest – being pregnant during the holidays is no fun. Not only are you tired throughout all of the holiday activities but you also don’t get to partake in eggnog and many delicious holiday foods. Since becoming pregnant, I’ve heard from many people that [blank] food is bad for the baby or if I eat a certain type of fruit, my baby will come out with blemishes. Most of these come from superstitions or old wives tales, however, there are some truths to what can and cannot be eaten during pregnancy.
Smoked, cold, cured meats and soft cheeses are on the top of this list – heck I’ve been told to avoid the entire cheese plate in case of cross contamination. This is because these foods can easily carry listeria if not properly handled and listeria can cause miscarriage or stillbirths. Not something you want to risk for a slice of prosciutto!
Today I’m going to show you how to make a pregnancy friendly charcuterie board that your guests will love AND is expecting-mama friendly too!
My personal rule to a charcuterie board is that you need a variety of interactive foods that can be dipped, spread and assemble into personalized bites. Since soft cheeses and cold cuts are out of the question, we’ll be replacing soft cheese with hummus and cold cuts with some turkey meatballs and fully cooked sausages with dipping sauces.
– 1 Baguette (sliced)
– Seasonal Jams (I like Spiced Apple Jams for my boards)
– Hard Cheeses (Swiss, Gouda and Smoked Cheddar are my go-tos!)
– Turkey Meatballs (chilled)
– Honey Mustard for dipping
– Bell Peppers
– Hummus (I like to use Sabra Hummus as you can get them with caramelized onion or artichoke toppings)
Arrange ingredients on a cheese board – if you are also serving cold cut meats, use a separate board to avoid contamination.
Disclosure: I got the hummus and cheese board from Sabra Canada but opinions are my own.