How to Make a Great Charcuterie Board

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What is a Charcuterie Board?

A Charcuterie Board, pronounced (“shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is the art of preparing and displaying cured pork meats, cheeses, pickles, spreads, toast and veggies on a wooden board. It’s typically an appetizer and is French, meaning ‘Pork Butcher’s Shop’. A Charcutier is someone who would prepare a Charcuterie.

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

How you present your food is entirely up to you, that’s what makes it fun – there’s no right or wrong way!

It does help to give your board some contrast though; a spicy meat goes well with a sweet fruit, salamis go well with a nice pâté and anything on the board that is cold would go well with something that is warm, such as a cold cheese with a warm sausage. Finally, try to balance it all out – not too much smoked meat or cheese. Generally speaking you’ll want 1 or 2 meats, 1 or 2 cheeses etc. You’ll want about 2oz of meat per person for portion sizes.

The board in this photo is one we took while at Luckett Vineyards in Wolfville, Nova Scotia at the Crush Pad Bistro. It contained a wonderful selection of cheeses, cured meats, pickled vegetables, house made wine jelly, olives & mustard, rye bread, crostini and Carr’s Crackers.

Charcuterie Board by Delishee

What to put on your Charcuterie Board

Here are some ingredient and pairing suggestions for your board:

Cheese and Fruit
Brie
Havarti
Gouda
Gruyere
Mozzarella
Provolone
Blue Cheese
Watermelon
Honeydew

Vegetables and Citrus
Gherkins
Pickles
Olives
Artichoke Hearts
Orange slices
Grapefruit
Lime

Meat and Toast or Crackers
Sopressata
Salami
Proscuitto
Pancetta
Pepperoni
Any crackers or toast with no flavoring

Pickles and Spreads
Fig Jam
Apricot Jam
Tapenade
Orange Marmelade
Dijon Mustard
Pate
Hummus
Pickled Jalapeños
Pepperoncinis

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