Tips for Creating the Perfect Charcuterie Board

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A Charcuterie board is one of the most sophisticated meal options for entertaining guests. It is filled with a delicious combination of sweet, salty, and savory items that create a pleasant contrast. Read on to learn how to create the perfect charcuterie board for your next gathering.

What Foods Should I Add to My Charcuterie Board?

Some common food items you might find on a charcuterie board include:

  • Fresh deli meats such as smoked turkey or chicken
  • Meats like salami
  • Cheese, ranging from hard cheese like cheddar to soft cheeses like brie
  • Crackers, wafers, or toasted bread to add some crunch
  • Nuts
  • Olives or anything salty like pickles
  • Dried fruit or fresh fruit
  • Spreads such as fig, apricot, or honey
  • Chocolate

What's the Most Important Element on the Board?

By far, the most important part of making a successful charcuterie board is choosing the right cheeses for your guests. If you plan to serve a specific wine, ask your sommelier what cheese pairs well. Your board can have brie, gouda, goat cheese, provolone, cheddar, edam, mozzarella, or garlic herb spread -- just to name a few.

For your meats, choose a salami or prosciutto that everyone can enjoy. If you have guests who cannot eat pork products, deli meats such as turkey are a great alternative!

How Do I Present My Board?

A charcuterie board can be fairly large in order to serve all your guests. A typical wooden board is approximately 9 by 13 inches, but can be as big as 12 by 18 inches.

If you don't have a wooden board, feel free to use a serving platter, as long as it's big enough to present all your cheese, meats, and fruits together.

Remember that it's never good to mix everything on the board, as it will look jumbled. Have a section for each type of food on the board, and your presentation will be spectacular.

Also, remember to have enough utensils for everyone to cut their cheese, serve their spreads, and enjoy!

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