Charcuterie Board-ing 101

Recently, I’ve been into charcuterie boards. They’re easy to prepare and fun to eat. Plus, you’ll impress one or a few guests with this platter., They’re also perfect opportunities to explore combinations of meat/cheese/crackers/spread and discover the tastiest varieties. Keep reading if you’re interested.

My first charcuterie board!

First off, a typical charcuterie board consists of mainly meats and cheeses. But at many restaurants or house parties, it’s expected that these boards include bread, fruits, nuts, condiments like honey or mustard, pickles, and olives.

So without further ado, here’s the basic layout:

  1. Something pre-sliced. These bring savory, salty goodness. Think thin cured meats
  2. Something you slice. Next, these will add chew and texture. Think cheeses & hard meats 
  3. Something spreadable. These provide richness and smoothness on the palate. think meat pรขtรฉs or vegetarian equivalents
  4. Accents. These add variety, help people mix and match, add contrast, and combine different sensations, aromas, textures, and flavors. Think bean- or veggie-based spreads, soft cheeses, jams, fruits, mustards, pickles, and slices of bread 
  5. Beverages. Last but not least, these will reset the palate and complement or contrast food. Think wines, beers, or non-alcoholic drinks 

Enjoy and bon appetit!

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