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Charcuterie and Cheese Boards. They are not just restaurant food anymore. Below are some tips on how you can create a crowd-pleasing charcuterie and cheese board that’s perfect for your next party, holiday gathering, or just because. Charcuterie and cheese boards add a level of sophistication to any gathering. They are full of variety and pairings that will tempt your taste buds. There’s no wrong way. These boards will please just about any palate. The combinations are endless. There is no cooking involved. Just a minimal amount of prep work that will keep your friends and family satisfied until the main course. Charcuterie and Cheese Boards are also a great addition to your at-home New Year’s Eve celebration.

Think seasonal when creating your boards. Below are my favorite selections. Have fun. Make it your own. DO YOU! You will see just how enjoyable, and quite easy they are to create! Keep in mind that while you are shopping for ingredients, Charcuterie and Cheese Boards can get quite expensive.

a charcuterie board and cheese board

BASIC TIPS TO CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE BOARDS

  • Cheese – I like a soft, hard, and savory selection. Think of a great blue (Stilton), brie, Piave, aged cheddar, and Parmesan.
  • Meat – A great Prosciutto di Parma and Soppressata, or hard salami are always included in my boards.
  • Shortcut – I love the meat wrapped cheese from Fiorucci.
  • Olives – Castelvetrano, or a variety of Greek olives
  • Dried Fruit – Cherries, Apricots and Figs!
  • Fresh Fruit. Grapes or apple slices.
a charcuterie and cheese board with grapes
  • Jams – Fig is my favorite, but I have also used apricot and red raspberry.
  • Honey – Drizzle over the blue for an explosion of flavor. For a spicy element, use Mike’s Hot Honey. Or, for a sweet, more fruity flavor, use Orange Blossom Honey!
a block of blue cheese covered in honey for a charcuterie and cheese board
  • Nuts – Do not leave out the nuts. They add a crunchy element that compliments any Charcuterie and Cheese Board. Marcona Almonds and Honey Roasted Cashews are sure winners.
  • I also love filling a small bowl with pearl mozzarella balls marinated with olive oil, kosher salt and red pepper flakes.
  • Include your favorite Bread or Crackers, or Sliced Baguette.
  • I love displaying my selections on a gorgeous Wooden Board. Head on over to your local Home Goods. They have a great variety, and are super inexpensive. Recently a displayed on a gorgeous platter from Williams-Sonoma. They loved it and actually shared on their Instagram page.
charcuterie and cheese displayed on a platter
  • Wine – Pair with your favorite. I love a great Cabernet Sauvignon!
a charcuterie and cheese board

Where can you find all of these ingredients? I usually have great success at The Fresh Market, or when I’m back home in Pennsylvania, I love shopping for these ingredients at Delallo! Have fun building your own Charcuterie Boards.

Featured photo credit to Melissa Glumac, Knighton Art Photography. Thank you and ENJOY!

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