Updated: Feb 10, 2022
The fastest way to look boujee at your next party, is to level up and make a charcuterie board. They are super easy and everyone loves to grab a bite.
So what is it and why do they call it a charcuterie board? The word charcuterie originated in France and it's pronounced "shar-ku-trie". It is a way to present various cured meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits and accompanying dips. Presentation is everything, so you want to style your board with a variety of the aforementioned items in a colorful, designed theme. Since charcuterie boards are served as an appetizer or between meals you can provide 2 ounces of meat per person. It's meant to be served on small plates, and bite sized portions.
My husband and I first started making charcuterie boards in 2006 living in Atlanta and wanting a variety of food in small portions. Arranging the board is the best part.
You can make your board in many different varieties and now they are so popular. The sky is the limit with snacking boards. The most common ones are:
1. Meats and Cheese
2. Cheese and Fruit
3. Fresh Veggie and Fruit
4. Pickles and Spreads
The most classic charcuterie will be your meats and cheese tray. Start with a ham, pepperoni, sausage, different types of block and soft cheese and a variety of crackers or thinly sliced breads. This one is great to add a small portion of a dip or jelly to pair with the cheese.
In the image below, I've made a small fruit charcuterie board with grapes, blueberries and cutie orange slices.
On the large tray, I have rolled and sliced meat and cheese. It contains fresh pepperoni, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, celery, green onions, different types of crackers and more.
On skewers I have grilled lean beef, peppers and onions. Pair with a really great wine and voilà, you're done!
What do you put on your charcuterie board? If you've never created one before, what's your plan?