5 Simple Steps to the perfect Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie: a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes (Merriam Webster).

Charcuterie Boards are popping up on restaurant menus across the country and include much more than specialty meats, often with imported cheeses and miscellaneous garnishes. With a little bit of searching, and some creativity, you can make your own unique Charcuterie Board at home, sure to wow your guests.

What You’ll Need:

1.  Meats
Choose 2-3 meats that you think are unique, but also that your guests will enjoy. Pick something new to try, and also an old favorite. These could include: Prosciutto, Cured Sausages, Bacon or Pate.

2.  Cheeses
It’s easy to overlook all the imported cheese options out there, and go for simple cheddar or mozzarella. Stop by your local grocery or specialty foods store, and pick a selection of cheeses with different flavors. For our board, we used Honey Goat Cheese, Tomato-Basil Cheddar, and a Smoked Gouda.

3.  Garnishes
To accompany the meats and cheeses, simple garnishes add a splash of color and flavor. Garnishes may include pickled vegetables, dill pickles, dried fruit, nuts, jams or mustard's. Grapes are also a good addition.

4.  Bread or Crackers
Serve the board and it’s accompaniments with a toasted baguette, or a selection of crackers. We suggest picking thicker crackers that won’t break with the addition of all the toppings.

5.  Wooden Board
The last thing you’ll need is a serving piece to display what you've put together! Choose a large wooden cutting board or platter and arrange your ingredients.