More than just a “fancy meat and cheese platter,” a charcuterie board is an excellent way to incorporate a variety of flavors into your appetizer repertoire. Its French origins refer to cheeses and cured meats or pates, but the sky really is the limit when it comes to curating one the next time you’re entertaining.
Set the Tone
If your dinner party menu follows a particular theme, create a charcuterie board with meat and cheeses central to the main course. For instance, if an Italian dish is your star attraction, a board loaded with prosciutto, sopressata, gorgonzola, or sotto bosco will perfectly whet appetites for what’s to come.
Pleasing All Palates
This one is easy enough. You may not know what your guests are in the mood before they arrive, but a charcuterie board allows you to play with several flavors and textures that complement or offset one another. One board can satisfy cravings for something salty, sweet, or spicy.
An Edible Work of Art
Whether it’s parallel lines or intricate spirals, arrange your charcuterie board ingredients in a manner that makes it look too good to eat. Almost.
- Consult your local butcher for guidance on choosing meats and cheeses that work well together and how to avoid ones that don’t.
- Include peppers, olives, dried fruit, and/or nuts to enhance the flavors of your meat and cheeses, or to provide a transition between strong flavors.
- By sampling a variety of meats and cheeses from your local deli, a charcuterie board is a great way to try something new without making a huge commitment or spending a lot of money.
May We Suggest…
This Pretzel Crisps® Charcuterie Board features Original Pretzel Crisps®, crème jalapeno brie, fig preserves, smoked gouda, and more. But remember: the only limit is your imagination!