What is a charcuterie board?
What should I use for the base?
- Meat: Any type of cured meat or cold cut works (i.e chicken, beef, turkey). You can also add sausages too.
- Cheese: Aim for 3-5 different types of cheeses with varying levels of firmness. Serve them in cubes, slices and wedges. Here's a simple guide for reference:
- Soft: Mozzarella, burrata, brie, camembert, goat cheese
- Semi-soft : Gruyere, havarti
- Semi-hard: Gouda, cheddar, provolone
- Hard: Parmesan, pecorino, Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Bread and crackers: Choose artisan breads and gourmet crackers withdifferent shapes, textures and flavours. For any gluten allergies, these can be easily swapped out with gluten-free options.
- Fruit: Fruits are great palate cleansers and complements well with cheeses. You can include figs, apples, grapes, berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries), dates and cherries.
- Antipasto vegetables: As colourful additions to your board, this is the perfect chance to clear out any antipasto vegetables from your fridge and pantry. Use pitted and stuffed olives, sun dried tomatoes and pickles.
- Jams, spreads and chutneys: Honeycomb, pesto, fig or apricot jam.
- Nuts: Add a little crunch by including raw almonds, pecans, pistachios or even chocolate covered nuts.
Tips and tricks
- Start off by placing your condiments and spreads across the board. Serve them in small bowls so that you can lean crackers, stack cheese or pile dried fruits up against them.
- If you're purchasing cured meat from the butcher, get them sliced and ready to go at the store.
- Don't place olives and nuts at the edge of the board. You don't want them rolling off everywhere when serving 😅
- For final touches and garnishes, use rosemary, thyme or edible flowers. Just remember that everything on the board should be edible!