Murray’s Charcuterie & Cheese Chalet
Murray’s Charcuterie & Cheese ChaletAn artisanal cheese house for the holidays
Skip the classic gingerbread house this season for something a little more cheesy! We’ve crafted a snowy scene with a rustic chalet using just cheese, charcuterie, and some sweet accompaniments. Our house made of Comte is just one way to make a stunning artisanal display for the holidays, so don’t be afraid to get creative with it by mixing up your flavors and selections. We recommend a firm cheese like an Alpine for the house structure, and sliced salami or other cured meat for the roof. Once you’ve got the basics, it’s time to get festive!
- Prep Time : 15 min
- Assembly Time : 45 min.
- Total Time : 1 hr.
- Serves: 4-6
- 1/2 lb. Murray’s Blue Stilton, 5.3 oz.
- 1 ea. Murray’s 18 Month Aged Comte
- 1/2 lb. Vermont Creamery Small Goat Log, 4 oz.
- 1 ea. Murray’s Parmigiano Reggiano Wedges, 5.25 oz. (shaved)
- 1 ea. Brooklyn Cured Sliced Smoked Beef Salami, 3 oz.
- 1 ea. Fermin Iberico Chorizo Sliced, 2 oz.
Prep and Assembly Directions
- Slice the Comte into long rectangular batonettes, similar to a beam of wood.
- Carve out a small, circular, flat round of Stilton.
- Make three small balls out of the Vermont Small Goat Log for the snowman.
- Get creative! You can craft your own Charcuterie & Cheese Chalet however you like, but for this version, we’re using logs of Comte for the structure of the house, with a roof made of shingled salami.
- To build the structure, layer long batonettes of Comte one on top of the other in a rectangular shape. For the roof of the structure, you’ll want a wedge of Comte sliced thick like a triangle to give it the proper shape.
- For the roof, we’ve done alternating shingles of chorizo and salami to create a textured look and varying colors. Carefully stack the meat along the top of the house in neat lines until you’ve covered the whole thing. If you’re looking for something to help the salami stick, try a honey or jam.
- Once the house is complete, decorate it with garnishes like thyme, rosemary, pomegranate seeds, and raspberries to make it look festive.
- For the landscape, we’ve shaved down Parmigiano Reggiano to look like snow, and created a pathway using Spicy Marcona Almonds.
- Then, we’ve crafted a frozen pond using Stilton, with rocks made from Piedras de Chocolate and ChocoHigos.
- For the snowman, we used a small plain goat cheese log from Vermont Creamery, and brought him to life with peppercorns and carrots.