What is Charcuterie? Charcuterie is a French word used to describe a variety of smoked and cured deli meats, fish, or pate. The meat is the hero on the board, which makes an impressive appetizer or meal.
- 4 oz Gouda Cheese
- 4 Oz Goat Cheese
- 4 oz soft Brie
- 4 0z Blue Cheese
- 4 oz Parmaggiano Regiano
- 3 oz Walnuts (or mix of nuts you like)
- 3 oz dried fruit (Apricots, figs, Dates..)
- 3 oz Olives or Cornichons
- 3 oz Fig Jam
- 3 oz Salami
- 3 oz Prosciutto
- 3 oz Bresaola
- 3 oz Spicy Calabrese
- A combination of fresh Fruit such as Berries, Grapes, Pears, Apples, Figs, Pomegranate
- Small ramekins/bowls - to hold jam, mustard
- Cheese knives
- Jar of honey & honey dipper
- Small ramekin of Whole grain mustard
- Select a large wooden board or a beautiful large Serving Platter to hold your charcuterie.
- Use a mixture of hard and soft cheese to create complexity of flavors on the board
- Place the Cheese on the board in alternating positions of the board as shown
- Use a mix of spicy, salty and bold flavored meats to compliment the fresh flavors on the board. You could also add in pate, the combinations are limitless.
- Create ribbons of meat on your board by layering and overlapping the meat. Moving the meat in a swirling pattern creates depth and adds interest to your board.
- For very thin slices of meat (prosciutto), fold and bunch up the slices and let it fall back and forth on the board, in almost a fan type pattern. You can also cut the slices of meat in half to create more servings and to change up the meat sizes.
- Fold the salami pieces into quarters, standing them up next to one another, fanning out accross the board.
- Add dried and fresh fruit for pops of color while adding sweetness to your board - red & green grapes, fresh berries, and dried fruit are all good options.
- Place your spreads in little jars or ramekins and add them to the charcuterie board.
- Fill in spaces on your board with dried nuts, Olives, dried Fruits and the Fig jam in between the Cheeses and the meats.
- FIll in all visable space with food, trying to make the positioning as random as possible.
- Garnish with fresh herbs sprigs.
- Fresh rosemary and/or fresh thyme look great on your board and add in pops of greenery.
- Add in your favorite Rustic Bakery Flatbread, Flatbred bites and Artisan Crisps on the outside of the board, it is also okay to serve them separately on another plate
- You want your board to look elegant and offer a variety of serving options for your guests. Each time your guest dives in, they can create a new bite of flavor.
- If you have excess meat, cheese, or ingredients (other than crackers) - keep refrigerated until you are ready to replinish the board.
- You can create your board up to one to two days in advance, leaving out the crackers or crisps, cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate, pull out your board 1/2 hour before you want to serve to your guests.
- This guide is a mere suggestion, fill your board with your hearts desire of favorite cheese, meat and snacks. You can switch it up each time you make a board to discover your favorite way to enjoy.
- We also suggest adding in Rustic Bakery holiday cookies to your board to make it seasonal and festive!