What is a charcuterie board? A charcuterie board can be a lot of things. It’s an appetizer, it’s a meal, it’s everything you want in one place! The best charcuteries are the ones that have variety and different textures to keep your taste buds interested. This blog post will teach you how to make your own charcuterie board with cured meats, cheeses, vegetables, nuts, olives – and whatever else YOU want! Let’s start off with a look at the history behind this style of food prep.
First Off, What Exactly is Charcuterie Anyway?
A charcuterie board is a showcase of all the best cured meats, cheeses, vegetables, nuts and dried fruits. A charcuterie can be served as an appetizer or main dish for dinner. This blog post will demonstrate how to make your own charcuteries with some different ideas on what you can include in them!
The word “charcuterie” refers to any food that has been prepared by salting (curing) meat; this includes sausage and ham which are both popular items on most people’s charcuterie boards! You might have heard about these foods before under names like bacon, prosciutto, mortadella – they’re all types of pork that have been salted and cured in a traditional manner. Combined, with a colorful presentation of veggies, cheeses, fruits and breads or crackers, cured meats make up the presentation-heavy feast that is charcuterie.
Also…How Do You Say Charcuterie???
It’s definitely one of those words that you look up on Google before you go saying it, just to make sure you’re getting it right. Charcuterie is pronounced like shahr/kew/tree and there’s several videos like this one that can help you get it right:
How to Make a Charcuterie Board – All About Presentation
FAQ About Charcuterie Boards:
What Do You Put on a Charcuterie Board?
When it comes to cured meats, the options are endless. Pick a variety that you know your guests will love: prosciutto, salami, speck, and chorizo are all crowd-pleasers. Make sure to also include some different cheeses such as blue cheese, brie, gouda, or cheddar. For vegetables, opt for something crunchy like pickles or cucumbers. And finally, don’t forget a few tasty accompaniments like honey, olives, and crackers.
Once you’ve assembled all the components of your charcuterie board, it’s time to get creative with the presentation! Arrange everything neatly on a large cutting board or platter for an impressive display. Or if you’re feeling extra adventurous, go all out and use a rustic wooden cheese board. Either way, the result is sure to be delicious!
What Meats Go on a Charcuterie Board?
Cured Meats: Prosciutto, salami, chorizo, pepperoni, and soppresata.
What Should I Serve for Dinner with a Charcuterie Board?
Cheese, Meat, Fruit, Crackers, Nuts and Bread
Sizing Your Charcuterie Board
The size of your board – and selection of meats – should depend on the size of your gathering. If it’s just a few people, opt for smaller portions, but if you’re hosting a party you can go with more variety!
A Charcuterie Board for Two
If it’s just you and a friend, consider creating an intimate board with some of the smaller varieties, like mortadella or coppa. You can also opt for some larger cuts, such as prosciutto or bresaola, to give your board a little more flair.
Creating a Full-On Graze Table for Larger Gatherings
When you’re entertaining a crowd, it’s time to go big! Mix and match various types of cured meats – like salami, pancetta, and even beef jerky – for an impressive presentation. Top off the board with some pickled vegetables or olives for added flavor. And don’t forget to add some cheese and bread to go with it!
How to Arrange a Charcuterie Board
The key to a stunning charcuterie board is presentation! Arrange the meats in interesting patterns, fanning them out so they make an eye-catching display. Make sure you have something crunchy, like crackers or crostini, as well as soft bread and butter on hand.
Themed Charcuterie Boards
Make your charcuterie board extra special by giving it a theme. Try putting together an Italian-style board with meats like soppressata, parmesan cheese, and focaccia bread. Or create an Americana-inspired board featuring pastrami, sharp cheddar, and rye bread!
There you have it! Enjoy!