Holiday entertaining ideas with Gina Ferwerda

Christmas goodies with Gina

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Tis the season for lots of holiday gatherings and entertaining. Michigan resort owner Gina Ferwerda joined the Weekend Morning News team with some festive and delicious holiday ideas.

She showed us how to create a beautiful Charcuterie board. She then showed us how to create party bites from your meat and cheese platter. 

CHARCUTERIE BOARD & PARTY BITES 

MEATS 

Salami
Capicola 
Mortadella 
Prosciutto 
Sopressata 

CHEESES 

Brie
Parmesan
Goat
Smoked Gouda 
Blue 

VEGGIES/FRUIT (pickled or preserved) 

Olives
Asparagus
Pepperoncini 
Sundried tomatoes 
Fresh fruit
Fruit preserves

GARNISHES 

Fresh herbs
Pesto 
Stone ground mustard 
Crackers 

BREADS 

Baguette
Focaccia 
Pretzel bun 

Arrange meats, cheeses and veggies on a large wooden cutting board. Serve with fruit, pesto, mustard, crackers and breads. 

Make some foccacia and pretzel-bun sandwiches to serve alongside. 

FOCACCIA SANDWICHES 

Cut focaccia in half horizontally. 

Spread a thin layer of pesto over the cut sides of the bread. Layer meat on focaccia bottom, then add some cheese slices and top with some pepperoncini. Replace focaccia top and cut into desired slices. Arrange on a platter next to the charcuterie board. 

PRETZEL-BUN SANDWICHES 

Cut pretzel buns in half horizontally. 

Spread a thin layer of stone ground mustard over the cut sides of the buns. Layer meat on pretzel-bun bottom, followed by some cheese slices. Replace pretzel-bun top and cut into desired slices. Arrange on a platter next to the charcuterie board. 

NOTE : Feel free to add extra slices of meat and cheese to these sandwiches.
I use items from the charcuterie platter along with some sliced turkey, ham and sliced cheeses. 

SALAMI, MINT
& MOZZARELLA SKEWERS

SERVES 4

4 salami slices
4 fresh mint leaves
4 fresh mozzarella balls

4 fresh large blackberries

4 cocktail skewers (at least 4 inches long)

MAKE SKEWERS

Fold salami slices in half, and then in half again. Add 1 mint leaf to a skewer, followed by a folded slice of salami, a mozzarella ball and a blackberry. Repeat with remaining skewers.

And if you are still looking for gift ideas, Gina's cookbook is on pre-order. Click here to order it.

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