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Charcuterie Board

Learn how to make a charcuterie board and discover creative, easy ideas for putting together meats, cheeses, and all the touches to make it perfect!
Course Appetizer, gluten free appetizer
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Author Melissa Erdelac

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cured meats, see notes
  • 3-4 gourmet cheeses, see notes
  • 3-4 small bites, see notes
  • 2-3 small bowls of jams or spreads

Instructions

  • Start with a large platter. Pile up a mound of grapes or fill a glass with crackers to add height to make it more visually appealing - a center piece of sorts to create around. 
  • Add the cheeses and small dishes of spreads to the tray. Disperse the spreads or place them next to a cheese to accompany it. Setting the cheeses out first also helps serve the cheese optimally, with the chill taken off.
  • Add the meats to the tray. Play with the shapes of the meats - slices, rolls, triangles, or loose bunches.
  • Fill in all the nooks and crannies with small snacks, like almonds, sliced fruit, crackers, olives, gherkin pickles, or dried fruit.
  • Finish off by placing serving utensils in the cheeses and garnish with greenery.

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    Notes

    Cured Meats - hard salami, prosciutto, smoked ham, dry-cured chorizo, genoa salami, capicola, mortadella, summer sausage
    Gourmet Cheeses - Choose at least three flavors and textures. Creamy (brie, goat cheese, camembert, burrata, Delice de Bourgogne); Hard (Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano, Manchego);  Semi-Soft (Butterkase, cheddar, gouda, Emmental, Edam)
    Small Bites - crackers, olives, gherkin pickles, sweet red cherry peppers, almonds, dried fruits, sliced apples, sliced pears, fresh honeycomb