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A Quick and Easy Guide to Charcuterie Boards

Anyone who knows me even just a little knows that I adore cheese.  So much so that I pretty much eat cheese every day and it needs to be its own food group, but I’m not sure whom I need to talk to about getting that done!

Are you a cheese lover like I am?  

How to create a charcuterie board

One of the ways I love to eat cheese is on a charcuterie board.  What the heck is that you may ask?  In its most simplistic form, it’s a display of various cheeses and cheeses.  Y’all there are some amazing ways to display food that seems so simple, but you can spruce it up and make it as fancy or simple as you like.

One of my favorite things is to have a small personalized board so I don’t have to share with E.  He gets his own board.  

Creating your charcuterie board 

So what do you need to create your board?  Well, that’s the great thing about these boards.  You can have whatever you want!  Here is a list of some of my favorites.

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

What you need to create your board 

To create your board, you’ll need:

  • A board or basket
  • Serving utensils
  • Ramekins or a small dish to hold the relishes, jams, and spreads
  • Knives
  • Toothpicks

Popular cheeses for charcuterie boards

  • Blue cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Gouda
  • Cheddar
  • Brie
  • Havarti
  • Gorgonzola
  • Gruyere
  • Monterey Jack
  • Swiss
  • Pepper jack 
  • Fresh mozzarella

Popular meats for charcuterie boards

  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Soppressata
  • Calabrese
  • Turkey (for my non-pork eaters)
  • Capicola
  • Chorizo
  • Pepperoni

Fruits/Veggies/Nuts

  • Apples
  • Olives
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Figs
  • Blackberries
  • Peppers
  • Olives
  • Almonds
  • Pecans

Crackers/Bread

  • Wheat thins
  • Artisan crackers
  • Triscuit
  • French bread 

Jam, spreads + relishes

 

Charcuterie board

A few things to consider when you’re creating your charcuterie board

  • Remember that your board can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like.  
  • Have a variety.  While these boards have a main staple of meats and cheese, they are so much more!  
  • Have spreads and jams to go with your soft cheeses.  In the image above I have a fig marmalade on plain goat cheese.  When I placed it onto my artisan cracker, it was delicious!
  • Think sweet and sour.  Think salty and sweet.  This is where your nuts, spreads, and jams come into play.
  • Color is king!  When you’re creating your board, especially a large one, add color.  Not only is it visually appealing, it means you’re getting in a lot of variety!
  • Add height and texture.  Use bowls, the crackers, the fruit to mix up and spread the height and texture throughout the board.  You can stack cheeses, fruits, and meats.

A charcuterie board party

These personalized boards are great to have at parties.  I mean how fun would it be to have a charcuterie board party?  You could have all of the fixings on the table and everyone could create their board.  Once they’ve created their board, snap a pick and let your guests choose their favorite board.  The winner gets a prize!  

These are just a few of my favorite tips when it comes to creating charcuterie boards.

What are your favorite things to add to your boards?

 

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