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.
What to put on your Charcuterie Board
Here are some ingredient and pairing suggestions for your board:
Cheese and Fruit
Vegetables and Citrus
Meat and Toast or Crackers
Any crackers or toast with no flavoring
Pickles and Spreads