Charcuterie. It’s hard to say and even more difficult to spell (I had to type in three different options before Google had any idea what term I was searching for). With all of the struggles aside, a charcuterie board is the answer to every woman’s hosting dreams. Why? Because it is such an easy way to put together an easy and impressive appetizer that will undoubtedly have your guests uploading it to Instagram. I mean, nobody does that with plain old chips and salsa. So why does every woman need a charcuterie board up her sleeve?
First off, a charcuterie board is made up of mostly store bought and store prepped supplies. If that isn’t a game changer, I don’t know what is. The most amount of work will be washing produce, opening jars, slicing meats, and taking crackers out of the box. SO EASY. Even better? You don’t even have to go to a boutique or gourmet grocery shop to get delicious options. Trader Joe’s is my favorite place to stock my charcuterie board, but any grocery store will have tantalizing and easy options.
Additionally, you can serve all of your appetizers on one, big impressive dish. So that means you won’t be slaving over the dishes once your party is over. Come to think of it, the bigger the platter the more gorgeous and Instagramable your charcuterie platter will be. Don’t worry about foods touching since they are all designed to be enjoyed together. Simply try to create a bountiful and overflowing platter of goodies. I mean, doesn’t prosciutto, fig jam and grilled bread sound like the greatest flavor combo imaginable? One last tip—pick up a beautiful white platter to serve as your charcuterie board since it is a timeless and classic way to entertain—and be sure that it has handles for easy transport.
The charcuterie board options are ENDLESS. My rule of thumb is to focus on having a mix of textures (crunchy breadsticks, smooth and soft goat cheese spread for example) and a trifecta of flavors—sweet, spicy, and savory. Fresh or dried fruit provides a sweet, juicy addition to what can be salty cured meats such as salami. For spice, nuts can add a unique flavor, as well as strawberry jalapeno jam and spicy cheeses such as pepperjack.
OUR FAVORITE INGREDIENTS
Fruit—Apple slices, clementines, dates, grapes, peaches/apricots, dried cranberries, melon, almonds, plantain chips
Vegetables—Cucumbers, carrots, peppers, green onions, cherry tomatoes, olives, marinated artichokes, cornichons
Cheeses—Marinated mozzarella balls, gorgonzola, blueberry goat cheese, parmesan crisps, fontinella, provolone, brie, aged cheddar
Breads—Thinly sliced baguette, fig and olive crackers, pretzels, wafer crackers, multigrain bread, breadsticks
Spreads—Pesto, olive tapenade, fig jam, apple butter, quince jelly, strawberry jalapeno jam, grainy mustard, pate
Meats—Sausage (like chorizo), prosciutto, salami, pepperoni