How to Make a Mind-blowing Charcuterie Board in 6 Steps by Donna John

Appetizers
4 months ago
How to Make a Mind-blowing Charcuterie Board in 6 Steps

Yes, it’s hard to say, but a charcuterie board (shar-kood-eree) is an explosion of flavors and a must for any wine party – any party, actually. And you don’t need to pronounce it right, but you need to make it right! Here’s the ingredients you’ll need to make the perfect charcuterie plate:

  • Cured and dried meats – The meats are the stars of the plate. Think cured ham, salami, pancetta, prosciutto, sopressata, dry chorizo, capocollo, mortadella.
  • Salty sides – Pickles, like gherkins, black and/or green olives, pepperoncinis and even pickled veggies add the much-needed brininess to the plate.
  • Bread and/or crackers – While not required, no one has ever been offended when offered bread. Slice up a freshly baked baguette and put out unseasoned crackers (remember, the meat needs to shine here not the crackers).
  • Spreads – Mustard, pate, tapenade and hummus are good options that pair well with the bread and meats. You could also add a sweet element with preserves like pear, fig or apricot.
  • Cheeses – No, this isn’t a meat and cheese platter, but who doesn’t love a bite of cheese, especially if wine is involved. Chevre (goat cheese), burrata, aged provolone, Brie, Gruyere, Gouda, blue cheese and a chunk of aged Parmesan or Grana Padano won’t be frowned upon.
  • Fruits – Again, not required, but dried fruits work especially well (dates, golden raisins, figs). Want something refreshing? Add a bunch of red, green or purple grapes. 

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
My guilty pleasure! A platter like this and a glass of wine, and you've got dinner! Donna John Dieter Schmitz
Meredith Schneider
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds your right! Best easy dinner! YUM! Cheers!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Right?! Who needs anything else. This has it all, LOL! Let's share one soon with cocktails, Meredith Schneider and Donna John !

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