How to perfect the art of the charcuterie board

By Sydney Nelson

This past summer, charcuterie boards were a staple for my friends and me. If you’re not familiar with what these may be then, it’s time to get educated! They are basically homemade platters that include a variety of meats, cheeses, loaves of bread, nuts, and basically whatever you want to throw on there! If you haven’t had the pleasure of making one of these or tasting one for yourself, now is the time!

I relish the idea of spending time at someone’s house indulging in a perfectly made charcuterie board. Now that fall is settling in and it’s starting to get chilly, I sincerely miss the experience of sitting outside on a friend’s patio with a variety of meats, cheeses, and bread laid out before me.

 

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Here are some quick suggestions on how to build the perfect charcuterie board:

  • Find the ideal board to build your platter, whether that be a large cutting board or ceramic plate, the options are endless.
  • Choose a variety of meats. Some of my favorites include prosciutto, pancetta, salami, and pepperoni.
  • Be sure to include a variety of soft and hard cheeses to appeal to everyone’s desires. Some of my favorites include: Brie, Gouda, Pepper Jack, and Mozzarella
  • Add a few spreads, such as mustards and jams, and include a variety of crackers and breadsticks. I highly recommend the roasted pepper bruschetta spread, and crackers as plain as Wheat Thins or Triscuits would suffice.
  • Use a variety of nuts. Almonds, cashews, pistachios are all great options!
  • Include seasonal fruit in the mix to add some sweetness to the salty, and to change up the experience.
  • Get creative by adding anything you think would be widely enjoyed.
  • Lastly, artfully arrange your platter and have fun making it!

With Thanksgiving on the rise (sort of), I think it is the perfect time to reintroduce charcuterie boards. If not with your families, at least take this opportunity to enjoy a charcuterie board with your friends. As many of you probably know, it is often a tradition for people to engage in what they refer to as “Friendsgiving,” where you gather with all your friends and eat a hideous amount of food as a kind of pre-thanksgiving celebration. In years past, this has always been one of my favorite events and this year your Friendsgiving can be made even more special by bringing your very own charcuterie board.