There’s no doubt about it, cured Iberico products like jamón, caña de lomo, and chorizo are going to be the prime focus of your holiday table this year. So how can you decorate your table in a way that lets these gorgeous products shine? Luckily, Spanish charcuterie is more than just a delicious snack, it’s also aesthetically pleasing and is a beautiful addition to any holiday table. And when you have great-looking food on the table, finding the right tablescape is all the easier.
Holiday colors like red and green lend well to deep ruby-red Iberico products like paprika-infused chorizo or silky crimson jamón. So bring out the best in these Spanish delights and add in some pops of red and green to your table, or set out a red tablecloth for a matching background.
If you want great contrast to your Spanish charcuterie board, a simple white tablecloth is also an elegant touch. It’s a great canvas for other decorations, and really makes the food pop once it’s set out on the table for all to see. Delicacies like jamón or salchichón, with their white and red streaks and specs, are sure to pair perfectly with a clean white backdrop.
Once you’ve got your color scheme set, you’ll need to find the right decorations. We love natural and organic touches, especially since the products you’ll be serving are so intimately connected to their natural environment. A table with wood details like pine cones, pine branches, acorns, and fall-turned leaves, will immediately transport you to the Spanish dehesa. Or add some bright holly and fresh cranberries to really get into the spirit.
It goes without saying that Spanish wines and spirits are the best pairings for your Spanish products at any time of the year. Regional foods naturally pair better with regional wines and spirits, and Spain is no exception. So whether it’s a celebratory cava, a bold Rioja, a sweet dessert sherry, or an after-dinner brandy, look to Spain’s award-winning wineries and distilleries to fill your holiday glasses and add that extra something to your table.
Along with the endless plates of perfectly sliced paleta, salchichón, and morcilla on your holiday menu, stick with the traditional Spanish theme and try out a few other Spanish recipes. For example, this Tartare of Alta Expresion is a great way to start off your holiday meal. Try out slow-cooked pork cheeks cooked in red wine with mashed potatoes for a traditional Andalusian entreé. Or, wrap asparagus in slices of jamón for a great vegetable side.
Holiday Memories are Better with Jamón
No matter how glamorous your holiday table, Iberico charcuterie is the true star this season. It’s the ultimate crowd pleaser and is bound to wow all of your family and friends. The moments around the holiday table are so special. Order your cured Spanish delicacies now and yours will be the most memorable yet.