We know that it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday entertaining. And it’s always a good time to learn how to put together a charcuterie board. Let’s combine the two and learn how to make a great holiday charcuterie board.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
A charcuterie board is an artfully arranged selection of preserved meats and cheeses. From the everyday likes of bratwurst and cheddar to prosciutto, Brie, and even pâté, the choices are endless.
Charcuterie boards often incorporate crackers or bread, fruit, and salty condiments to complement the meat and cheese.
The offerings are presented in an appetizing, visually appealing manner. Of course that’s easier said than done. But it doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are some charcuterie board basics to get you started.
Choose Your Board
Does this seem like an odd place to start? It shouldn’t. The size and shape of your board determines the amount of space you have for delicacies.
We love our Acacia Wood and Black Walnut cutting boards. They’re beautiful and at 17x13 inches are well sized for a nicely balanced board.
Choose Your Charcuterie
You want a variety of meats and cheeses. Choose two or three of each. Vary your meats based on how they are prepared. Perhaps choose one cured meat, one sausage, and a pâté.
A good way to choose cheeses is to go by hardness. Try a hard selection like Manchego and a soft chèvre. Depending on the size of your board, add a semi-soft Gouda.
Add Some Panache
Salty or sweet elements like olives or fruit offer a chance to add some color. If you want a traditional holiday board, try raspberries, red grapes, pickles, and green olives.
Fancy foods may not be enough for your festive board. Use colorful or holiday-themed small dishes for your fruity and salty charcuterie accompaniments.
Don’t forget plates, napkins, and utensils. Charcuterie boards look like finger food, but they really aren’t. Building a small gourmet sandwich requires proper implements.
These elements provide the perfect opportunity for holiday cheer. While not technically part of the charcuterie board, they are far easier than trying to fashion a tiny holiday tree out of salami.
Most importantly, choose meats, cheeses, and other ingredients that you love. Holiday entertaining can be stressful. Starting with foods that bring you joy ensures that your charcuterie board will be a resounding success.