Amaze your guests

Amaze your guests

Charcuterie boards became incredibly popular in recent years, and the simplicity of this fun-to-make dish allowed it to stay and grow its potential. Charcuterie boards are a perfect way to impress your guests with an array of delicious meats, cheeses, and other snacks.

Here are five simple steps to create a stunning charcuterie board that will leave your guests in awe.

Step 1: Choose the right board. Charcuterie boards that have depth and lip around the edge to help the food to stay put are the perfect choice. Wooden cutting boards are popular choices too. You can also use a tray or a platter. Just make sure it is large enough to hold all of your items.

Step 2: Select your meats. Add a variety of meats to cater to different tastes. Some of my favorite are salami, prosciutto, and hot coppa from Fiourucci (not an add - I wish!). 2-3 ounces of meat per person is ideal as an appetizer. If the charcuterie is the main dish, double the amount.

Step 3: Choose your cheeses. Catering to different tastes and using a variety of textures is key for cheese selection. Some favorites are brie, cheddar, gouda, and blue cheese. Wisconsin Cheese has a delicious selection, go figure! And if you have a The Fresh Market nearby, go shop! Cheese is best served at room temperature. About 2-3 ounces per person is ideal as an appetizer. If the charcuterie is the main dish, double the amount.

Step 4: Add fruits and nuts. Fruits and nuts are a great addition of color, texture and flavor to a charcuterie board. Grapes, berries, sliced apples or pears, and dried apricots or figs are great fruit choices. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashews add crunch and flavor as well.

Step 5: Make it stunning. The final step is to arrange the board. Start by placing the meats on the board, then add the cheeses, fruits, and nuts. Arrange everything in a way that is visually appealing and easy for guests to access. Consider using small bowls or ramekins to contain sauces, spreads, or olives.

Controversial step: crackers and bread! Serve it your way... Personally, I like to serve bread and crackers on the side. The moisture of the food on the charcuterie may soften the crackers and bread if not eaten right away. 

Finally, creating a stunning charcuterie board is not difficult. With the right board, selection of meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts, and a bit of creativity, you can impress your guests and make your next gathering unforgettable.

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