Making a Charcuterie Board is easier than you think. We share our best ideas for charcuterie boards with yummy flavor matching and tips for arranging a meat and cheese board.

Charcuterie cheese board with serving utensils

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There are some appetizers like Shrimp Cocktail and Bruschetta that everyone loves and this Charcuterie will impress everyone.

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What is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie is an exhibition of cured meats. It has gained popularity in recent times and now includes meats, cheeses and accessories that go well with meats and cheeses such as fruit, olives, nuts, sandwiches, etc.). When people think of charcuterie boards, they are essentially referring to a cheese board.

Shows what is charcuterie with arrangement of cured meats and accessories

Tools for making cheese boards:

You do not need fancy equipment to create a beautiful spread. You can even serve them directly from a clean kitchen table. Here are some tools that make viewing and viewing easier.

  • A serving board – an angular table (we got the big table from Frontgate) helps to contain everything but something chopping board, rimmed baking sheet or serving dish works.
  • Serving utensils – you can use specialty cheese serving knives and forks or use normal salad forks and butter knives for serving.
  • Ramekins or small dishes work well for messy or moist, such as jam, honey, olives, pickles, etc.

What to put on a Charcuterie Board:

To get the best Cheeseboard you need to focus on 3 things: variety, taste, texture. Variety is a good plate – add items that are sweet, salty, crunchy, fatty, salty, carbohydrate rich, pickled and salted. See the full list of items and quantities we used in the printable recipe below.

Cheese, fruit, nuts and spices arranged on a charcuterie table

The best cheese for a Charcuterie Board

We highly recommend a combination of cheeses ranging from creamy spreadable cheese to hard cheeses. These are our favorites.

  • Spreadable cheese– “Triple Cream Cheese” is super creamy. Some good options include Saint Andre (Trader Joes) or From Burgundy (Costco). These are perfect for spreading on bowls and biscuits. Cheaper solutions include making cream cheese with herbs, or you can even make a cheese ball.
  • Soft cheese – My favorite for a cheeseboard is Brie. It is mild in taste, creamy and wonderfully served with honey, walnuts or pecans and water biscuits. Flavored goat cheesee such as blueberries or cranberry goat cheese are great for the holidays. Another inexpensive option would be marinated mozzarella balls.
  • Hard cheeses – One of the most popular choices for a cheeseboard is Manchego because it goes really well with fruit, biscuits and salted meat. It is mild, nutty and pleasant. A cheaper and very tasty option is one Vermont white cheddar which I love to terne for extra texture on my table.
4 types of cheeses that are best for a cheese board

Hosting tip: Label the cheeses on your cheeseboard to make it easy for guests to choose the ones they like. You can make your own or buy one cheap labels online.

How to Build a Charcuterie Board

To make a charcuterie board, you need to arrange things so that they are easy to get hold of – blow out the cheese slices, cut grapes into small segments.

  1. Cheese. Arrange them around the board. Cut hard cheeses into slices and cut a few wedges into brie.
  2. Meat. Fold them in different patterns. Watch the video to see how to fold meat into a cheeseboard.
  3. Pickled objects. Add items that require a bowl so you can measure your space.
  4. Spices and butter. Place spices near cheeses that go well together. (i.e. tax next to brie). Store spices in jars and ramekins.
  5. Fresh fruit. Cut grapes into small portions and slice apples, rinse and dry dry berries. Arrange fruit with cheeses, they pair well with (see notes below).
  6. Nuts and accessories. Place pecans or walnuts and pistachios next to brie or soft cheeses. Also add chocolate squares.
  7. Arrange biscuits and bowls in the remaining compartments or serve them in a separate dish.
how to build a charcuterie board with cheeses, meats, spices, pickled ingredients, fruits and nuts

Design tip: Work in odd numbers to make it more visually appealing. For a small table I use 3 cheeses and for a large table I use 5.

Frequently asked questions:

How to pronounce charcuterie?

Charcuterie is pronounced “shar-koo-ter-ee”

How much does it cost to make a cheese board?

The cost can vary greatly depending on (from $ 75 to $ 300) the types of meat, cheeses and fruits you buy. The cheese board pictured here costs about $ 130.

Can I make a cheaper cheeseboard?

You can make a cheaper cheese board using cheaper seasonal fruits and the cheap cheese options mentioned above. The multipacks of cured meats can also be cheaper. We get our hardened meat packages at Costco.

What can I use instead of a cheeseboard?

A toasted baking sheet, a large cutting board or a large serving dish or tray works well.

How is meat folded for charcuterie?

We fold salami and coppa into halves or triangles. When folding them, arrange them in your hand as you would a short card, then put them down in groups. Arrange prosciutto directly on the board in ribbons.

How to fold meat for charcuterie with 3 types of meat folded

How to pair fruit with cheese:

Place fruit next to the cheese, which it goes well with. The key to the best tasting fruit is to buy what is in season.

  • Apples pair well with most cheeses, especially cheddar, mozzarella, brie, triple cream cheese (Saint Andre or De Bourgogne) and manchego.
  • Grapes – pair well with mozzarella and hard cheeses. Avoid placing them with creamy or soft cheese.
  • Strawberries and blueberries – pair well with creamy, soft cheeses like goat cheese.
Apple cut into charcuterie with grape segments around it

Make-Ahead:

The cheese platter can be assembled earlier in the day, covered and cooled. The recommendation is to serve cheese and cured meats at room temperature. Remove the cheeseboard from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Charcuterie Board Recipe

Preparation time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour

Charcuterie Board on serving platter

How to build an impressive Charcuterie Board with a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, spices and treats. Use the list below as a shopping list, but to get the best taste you need to buy fruit that is in season.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk

Skill level:

Easy

Costs to make:

$ 100 – $ 150 (varies by season and item)

Keyword:

charcuterie table, cheese board

Kitchen:

French

Route:

Starters

Servings: 12 people as starters

Cheese:

  • 8
    oz
    Brie cheese
  • 6
    oz
    manchego ost
    cut into thin slices
  • 8
    oz
    triple cream cheese (Burgundy)
    (sold to Costo as a 16 oz)
  • 12
    oz
    fresh mozzarella balls
    (marinated)
  • 8
    oz
    Vermont white cheddar
    dice

Meat:

  • 8
    oz
    salami
  • 2
    oz
    prosciutto
  • 2
    oz
    dried coppa

Pickled goods:

  • 1/3
    cup
    green olives
    pitted
  • 1/3
    cup
    kalamata oliven
    pitted
  • 1
    cup
    baby dild pickles
    (or Gerkins)

Fruit:

  • 2
    cups
    grapes
    cut into sections
  • 2
    cups
    strawberries or figs
  • 1
    cup
    blueberry
  • 1
    apple or pear

Spread and spices:

  • 1/4
    cup
    honey
  • 1/4
    cup
    fruit spread
    (we love figs and strawberries)

Accompaniments:

  • 1
    cup
    pecans, walnuts or pistachios
    (or a series of nuts)
  • 3
    oz
    dark chocolate bar
    divided into pieces

Crackers or toasts:

  • 4
    oz
    water biscuits
  • 4
    oz
    artisans
  • 1
    baguette
    cut into bowls (brushed with olive oil and baked at 400 ° F for 6-8 minutes)
  1. Cheese. Arrange them around the board. I cut out hard cheeses so they serve easier and cut a few wedges out of brie to encourage guests to dig in.

  2. Meat. Fold them in different patterns. Watch the video to see how to fold meat into a charcuterie board.

  3. Pickled objects. Anything that requires a bowl like pickled cucumbers and olives then goes down so you can measure your space.

  4. Spices and butter. Place spices next to cheeses, they pair well with (ie honey next to brie). Keep spices in separate jars and ramekins to keep the board clean.

  5. Fresh fruit. Pre-cut grapes and pre-cut apples, rinse and dry dry berries. Arrange fruit next to cheeses they go well with.

  6. Nuts and accessories. I like to place pecans or walnuts and pistachios next to brie or soft cheeses. I also like to add chocolate that is delicious with cheese.

  7. Arrange biscuits and bowls in the remaining compartments, or place them on a separate low bowl for serving.



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