Whether you are hosting for the holidays or need to bring a dish to a party, this easy appetizer is sure to be a hit.
Charcuterie boards are all the rage these days. They are simple to put together, nice for a large crowd and the combination possibilities are endless.
Charcuterie is typically an assortment of cold cooked meat products, such as salamie, prosciutto, sausage, and pepperoni, primarily from pork. The meats are then paired with a variety of cheeses, fruits, dips, crackers, and nuts just to name a few. I personally like to add some pickled options such as, pickled okra or small dill pickles and olives are always a good choice.
Start with your cheese selection first. This is usually the most expensive item, so figuring this out first will help you decide what other items you would like to spend less on. For this board I choose Brie, Smoked Gouda, and Garlic & Herb Goat Cheese. You want to have cheeses in different shapes and textures, so make sure to have both hard and soft cheeses that range in flavor.
Next, decide on which meats you would like to use. I kept it simple and bought already sliced meats. You can find these in most grocery stores near the hummus and pimento cheese. I used a salami trio, pepperoni and prosciutto.
Now you can add some small bowls (mine are from the dollar store) for your dips, pickled foods, and olives. Once you have those where you want them, you can start to add your crackers and breads. The last thing I do is add the nut mixture to any void spaces. I like for it to look completely full with hardly any of the serving dish showing. You can always add sprigs of Rosemary to bare areas as well. I also added a Fig spread to the Brie and Everything but the Bagel Seasoning (from Trader Joe’s) to the hummus.
Remember that you want your Charcutiere to be colorful and full of flavor.