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Making the Perfect Charcuterie Board

Making the Perfect Charcuterie Board

As everyone knows charcuterie boards are a gift from God. I mean who doesn’t love cheese? Now just add a bunch of side items, and you have made the perfect party dish! Well… not so much. Making the perfect charcuterie board can be tricky sometimes. Below you will find all of the steps to making the showing stopping dish you have been waiting for!

Step 1: The Cheese

I have found that depending on the size of the party you are catering to, around 4 cheeses is perfect! Always choose 1 soft cheese, 1 hard cheese, a staple, and a unique item. For example, if I were creating the board, I would include a French brie, truffle cheese, Vermont cheddar, and maybe a gruyere.

Step 2: The Meat

So this is really customizable to your tastes! I say the more the merrier! When you have a bigger group, it is always good to have more choices! I am a huge truffle fan, and Whole Foods carries a black peppercorn truffle hard salami.. so this is automatically one of my picks! Other ideas include: mini meatballs, prosciutto, pate, or any thinly sliced high-quality deli meat.

Step 3: The Carbs

We all know that you can’t forget about the carbs! Go for a trio! Traditional cubed French bread is always a winner. Then don’t be afraid to switch it up with a seeded bread or a nice pumpernickel. Also, give a variety of textures with a good cracker to really support those hard cheeses!

Step 4: The Spreads

Again, the great thing about a charcuterie board is that you can make anything you want! So, the spreads are the same way. I think having a sweet and a salty spread allows flavor contrast. For the sweet, I would choose a fig jam. The figs will pair really nicely with prosciutto, cheddar, and gruyere. For the salty, I always reach for the pesto! Pesto has such great flavor notes that honestly compliments anything! If these aren’t pulling your fancy, feel free to try mustards, oils, and olive tapenade.

 

My last piece of advice is to just have fun with it! Charcuterie boards are great party trays, because people are bound to like something on there! So go wild!

 



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