How to Build a Classic Charcuterie Board
There is no right or wrong way to build a charcuterie board, however, I know they can feel a bit overwhelming if you’re just not sure what to include! Below I have added suggestions from various categories of foods you can mix and match to create a beautiful, enticing, and delicious charcuterie board.
When I’m building a charcuterie board I try to make sure I have a few items that hits on various flavor profiles and textures. Savory, salty, sweet, earthy, creamy, crunchy, fresh and so on, you get the idea. I also like to find seasonal items, like berries in the summer, and oranges during the winter since I know this is their time of year to shine! Lastly, adding local or homemade gems are awesome too, like local creamed honey, spiced nuts, jams and pickled things! Let your taste buds lead you and remember, there are no rules!
How to build a Classic Charcuterie Board
Cheese Suggestions: I like to do a mix of both hard, soft, pungent and mild cheeses.
Hard and Firm cheeses: aged gouda, asiago, pecorino, gruyere, comté, manchego, cheddar, parmesan, monterey jack, colby, garrotxa
Semi-soft and Soft cheeses: havarti, fontina, butterkäse, mozzarella, muenster, limburger, burrata, mascarpone, camembert, stracchino
Blue cheeses: gorgonzola, stilton, roquefort, dunbarton blue, marbled blue jack
Crumbly cheeses: feta, goat cheese, cotija, cheshire
Cured Meat Suggestions: As with the cheeses, I like to find a variety of textures and flavors.
Fresh Items: I like to use seasonal produce as much as possible
Bell Pepper Slices
Supreme Citrus: oranges, grapefruit
Accoutrements: Mix and match to add flavors and textures.
Spreads: One of my favorite spreads is creamed honey with fresh ground black pepper!
Honey, Creamed Honey
Whole grain mustard
Fruit Spreads (Raspberry Jam)
Fruity EVOO with Italian herbs or Za’atar
Aged Balsamic Vinegar
How to Build a Classic Charcuterie Board
1. Slice and prepare all the cheeses.
2. Prepare all the cured meats.
3. Prepare all the fresh items (rinse and fully dry, slice, etc.)
4. Grab all your dried fruits and nuts.
5. Add your sauces and liquids to small dishes.
6. Starting from the center of the board, start building in a random fashion outward.
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I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. – Amy
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Q: Are charcuterie boards and cheese boards the same thing?
A: Traditionally, charcuterie boards are different from cheese boards as cheese boards highlight various cheeses and charcuterie boards contain a variety cured meats. However, most people use the terms interchangeably.
Q: Can you have a dairy free charcuterie board?
A: Of course! Like I said before, there are no rules or limits, they are all about preference, season, and taste! If you are going to omit a primary item like cheese from the board I would include a wide variety of cured meats and nuts.
Q: Can I make this ahead of time?
A: Yes! I do all the time, especially when entertaining so it’s one less thing to do the day of. My preference is honestly just to prep. I have had charcuterie boards that have been made ahead of time then covered and refrigerated, and they look and taste like they have been sitting for 24-hours. So my suggestion, prep everything and store in airtight containers then assemble before you need it.
So grab some delicious finger foods and let’s get building!
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