When you are at a party and the host serves a charcuterie board, somehow it just takes the food table to another level. There is something about charcuterie boards that just scream fancy. Maybe it's because they look like a work of art, or maybe because a platter full of a variety of cheese, cured meats, crackers, olives and dips is just that. Fancy.
So how does one go about making a charcuterie board. Well, it might seem a little daunting to set up a beautiful board, but if you make it just once, you will surprise yourself. Somehow, when just arranging a few items together, the result is a masterpiece.
Whether you are serving 4 guests, 10 guests, or 20 guests, this easy to follow recipe will guide you in what you need. Depending on the number of guests, you may need more (or less) items in each category. For instance, if you are serving 4 guests, you should have at least 2 types of cheese. For 20 guests, you may want to consider 4 or more types, and of course in larger quantities.
How to Make a Charcuterie Board
All it takes to get that perfect charcuterie board is to arrange an assortment of a few key pieces on a board.
- Crackers and/or bread - pita chips, crackers, aritsan crackers, breadsticks, or mini french baguettes.
- Cheese - some soft cheeses (such as brie, blue cheese) and some hard cheeses (such as cheddar, gouda).
- Cured meats - such as salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni
- Dips and spreads - such as hummus, baba ganoush, and jam
- Olives and antipasti
- Fruit - such as grapes, figs, and blackberries