Charcuterie boards are a popular go-to snack for a get together. They pair wonderfully with wines and are the perfect way to keep your guests’ hunger at bay. Below we give you tips and tricks on you how to make the perfect charcuterie platter for any event:
What is a Charcuterie Board?
A Charcuterie Board is like a cheese board, but instead of cheese, it’s meat.
How To Make A Charcuterie Board
Use a Selection of Cured and Dried Meats on your Charcuterie Board
A great charcuterie board will include a selection of different dried and cured meats like salami, prosciutto, porchetta, sausage and chorizo. A typical charcuterie board will usually have three or four different selections. Choose something spicy, something mild, and something mid-range. Get adventurous – pick some of your favourites or maybe something you’ve always wanted to try! Feeling overwhelmed? Ask your butcher for his suggestions.
Grab Some Pâté to Go With Your Meat and Cheese Board
Pâté is an excellent addition to any meat and cheese tray. It’s so delicious and creamy spread across a piece of crusty baguette or on a cracker.
Add a Dash of Pickle to the Mix
Pickles and olives make a great addition along side meat and cheese. They can be sweet, or a bit salty and sour. Cornichons work well as they are bite size and tangy. Green or black olives are a good choice, or get super fancy with olives stuffed with garlic or almonds. You can also add in other pickled vegetables like onions, peppers or green beans.
Play with Sweet and/or Savoury Spreads
Dab some fancy mustard onto the meat and cheese board. Add in some sweet and spicy red pepper relish. Try a chutney, jam, honey, or other preservative. Tapenade, hummus, and other savoury dips work well too. All pair wonderfully with meats and cheese.
Add Nuts or Dried Fruit to Your Charcuterie Board for Fun and Flavour
Dried apricots, prunes, dates, cashews, pecans, pine nuts and walnuts not only add flavour but they also act as palate cleansers for your guests.
Fresh Fruit Works Well Too!
Grapes, sliced pears, apples, or other seasonal favourites.
Don’t Forget Some Bread or Crackers
Fresh baked baguette is always a terrific base to put your meat and cheese on. When choosing a cracker, make sure to select something that won’t overpower the other ingredients.
How About Meat’s Best Friend… Cheese!
What would a good meat board be without his best friend cheese coming along for the ride? Just like when choosing your meat, pick a selection of mild, medium and bold flavours, as well as a selection of textures (soft, hard, semi-soft, etc…). And just like when choosing your meats, get adventurous – choose your favourites or pick something new!