Filled with meat, bread, spreads, fruit, and other components, a charcuterie board offers you the opportunity to be creative in your choice of ingredients as well as with presentation. Learn how to make a beautiful charcuterie board at home!
Spreads(hummus, pate, tapenade, stone ground mustard, jam, chutney, marmalade, etc.)
Charcuterie(chorizo, salami, prosciutto, ham, pepperoni, capicola, mortadella, souse, etc.)
When assembling the board, start from the center. This will help you create a beautiful structure. Add containers for some of the elements; this will create additional shapes. The following are what we chose for our board:
Cheese: Look for a balance in textures: include hard cheeses and soft cheeses. Brie cheese - soft and sweet. Goat cheese - strong flavor, mixed texture. Manchego cheese - strong flavor, hard texture.
Breadsticks and crackers: Always remember to add bread or crackers to have with the cheeses and charcuterie. Cornbread is a popular choice. You can include an assortment.
Olives: Olives, pickles, capers, pickled vegetables etc. will offer an acidic flavor that is hard to find on the board otherwise.
Nuts: Nuts are especially good for holiday parties. We used walnuts.
Something Sweet: There is nothing better than dried apricots to bring a little sweetness to the board. Fresh grapes, jams or other dried fruit are another great option.
Charcuterie: Remember to include a variety of flavors: We used chorizo (pork sausage) for a strong flavor, salami for a soft or medium flavor, and Prosciutto for a salty and medium flavor.
Spreads: You can also add spreads such as hummus, stone ground mustard, etc. Mix it up and get creative with it!