“It’s no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
It’s time for another foray into Middle Earth to seek out the best recipes found throughout the realms. I have loved the Lord of the Rings series since I was about ten; primed by the release of The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, I even went as far as to read all of the books in the triology – plus The Hobbit and pieces of The Silmarillion – before I was even in junior high.
So to say that I love Lord of the Rings almost as much as I love Harry Potter is no understatement. I spent a majority of my childhood blending the two worlds in my own fantastical backyard – often pretending to be an arrow-toting, potions making, Hobbit-esque flower child that I pretty much grew up to embody as an adult (minus the arrows).
I actually can’t believe it has taken me so long to take a dive into the fictional feasts of Middle Earth – food and LOTR go hand-and-hand. Tolkien loved describing his worlds, and especially used depictions of food to fill-in the scene and create lively atmosphere in his stories.
“I am in fact a Hobbit in all but size. I like gardens, trees, and unmechanised farmlands. I smoke a pipe, and I like good, plain food- unrefrigerated. I detest French cooking.”J.R.R. Tolkien
We have that in common, Mr. Tolkien.
Hobbits especially had an appreciation for food – and also for partying. Often keeping a stash of goodies tucked away for second breakfast, midnight snack or unexpected company…
This cheese board is based on all things Hobbits would enjoy: crusty bread, homemade butters, sweet jams, cheeses, fresh fruits and more.
Plus there’s a few exotic bits and bobs that would have been gathered on various adventures.
Making “Shirecuterie” aka a Cheese Board fit for Hobbits
Finding all the tasty tidbits to put on your cheese board is an adventure in and of itself.
Here are the best fingerfoods you can snack on while (re)watching Lord of the Rings.
- lembas bread – find my recipe for Elvish bread here!
- boiled potatoes, mashed potatoes, potato stew shooters – potatoes three ways recipe here!
- orc jerky
- Smeagol’s sashimi toasts – get the recipe here!
- Gollum’s rabbit tartine – find the recipe here!
- crusty bread
- wild boar saucisson
- sliced ham & summer sausage
- salted eggs
- grapes & gooseberries
- blackberries, raspberries & strawberries
- homemade butter
- assorted jams & jellies (sweet & spicy)
- dried fruits & nuts
- cucumber & fresh veggies
- assorted regional cheeses
Feel free to add your own favorite Lord of the Rings inspired treats to your Shirecuterie board as well! Hobbits do constantly surprise, afterall.
Any fan of Lord of the Rings is now singing that song. For my board, I made potatoes in three different styles, just as Samwise would if he were to be making a cheese board for the Fellowship.
Meat’s Back on the Menu, Boys!
I utilized my local butcher to find homemade jerky. One is sweet – the other is insanely spicy. It’s gnarly appearance always reminded me of something an orc would tuck away in a sheep skin pouch.
Gollum vs Smeagol
If you are at all familiar with the folks of Middle Earth, then you would know that Gollum and Smeagol are the same character, just split personalities. Represented here as a rabbit tartine and sashimi toast – both croustinis are based off iconic scenes in LOTR.
What else would you put on your Shirecuterie board? Let me know down in the comments below!
Shoutout to my hubby for custom building the wooden charcuterie board and Hobbit door, specifically for this recipe! Check out his woodworking Instagram @ChuckandMoonbeam
Need More LOTR Recipes?
Find more Lord of the Rings recipes here!
Lord of the Rings SHIREcuterie Board
- applewood smoked pepperjack
- smoked cheddar
- chili chego
Butter, Jams & Jellies
- homemade butter
- holiday jam
- wild blueberry jelly
- raspberry peach champagne jam
- pineapple mango habanero jelly
- hot pepper peach jam
- sweet BBQ beef jerky
- spicy beef jerky
- black forest ham
- summer sausage
- venison sausage
- wild boar saucisson
- lembas bread focaccia slices
- boiled potato skewers garlic & dill potato skewers
- mashed potato fries
- potato soup shooters loaded potato soup
- salted eggs hardboiled eggs with a sprinkle of salt from the Shire
- sashimi toast lox croustini
- rabbit tartine rabbit roulade croustini
- cucumber slices
- cherry tomatoes
- red & green grapes
- Cape gooseberries
- Assemble all ingredients on a large circular board with a Hobbit-inspired door in the center. Enjoy while marathoning Lord of the Rings!