‘Charcuterie chalets’ beat out gingerbread houses as top winter foodie trend

‘Charcuterie chalets’ beat out gingerbread houses as top winter foodie trend

Gingerbread houses? Forget about them.

There’s a new winter trend this year and it has nothing to do wth spiced, baked goods.

People have been building tiny, edible houses out of a salty snack medley which wows guests.

Known as savoury gingerbread houses or “charcuterie chalets” – the pretty centrepieces are taking over social media.

Not least because they’re incredibly Instagrammable as well as utterly delicious.

The tasty creations are made from a number of different meats – generally cured such as salami or prosciutto – plus cheeses and crackers.

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The carbs provide extra stability for the charcuterie to be displayed upon.

While some have even stretched to providing vegetables and olives as extra treats.

There are no rules to making the creative displays – just be creative and have fun with it while keeping an eye on the different flavours.

But, how do you put together the fun festive treat?

On Instagram, @thecheesefluencer made hers using salami for the roof, three types of cheese, crackers, rosemary and nuts.

The creator, Michelle, said: "I've been loving the #charcuteriechalet trend and nervously decided to try one myself.

“(My past gingerbread house quests have been among the worst on the internet).

“Turns out cheese and meat is way more fun, plus I had so much inspiration from the others I've seen."

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The foodie used a pre-made gingerbread house as a solid base, cream cheese and parmesan for the snow, almonds for the little path and rosemary for the trees and garlands.

She added aged white cheddar to make the sides of the house and Calabrese salami for the shingles.

And, she also made an adorable snowman out of mini babybels!

The door is made from crackers and the windows from Pretzel snaps.

Plus, pomegranate seeds look like Christmas lights on the house!

We’re obsessed.

Other houses have used spreadable goat’s cheese with breadsticks for a slatted roof and prosciutto and olives to make a path.

The cook, @petalandplatter, explained: "Because gingerbread houses are so 2018."

Meanwhile, Nicole from Farm Curious, blew us away by adding broccoli bushes, beautiful ham roses and a walkway of pebble-like nuts.

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