If you’re attending a picnic, pitch-in dinner, or entertaining friends, a charcuterie platter is a great meal option that is, more times than not, a fan favorite. Charcuterie is the form of cooking that pairs prepared meats with various cheeses. Although “charcuterie” is a complicated word, it is actually quite simple to put together.
Here are meats, cheeses, and accompaniments that you can pair together for a palate pleasing charcuterie board:
- Pate (a mixture of cooked ground meat with additions like vegetables, truffles, and nuts, minced into a creamy spreadable paste.)
- Aged Cheddar or Gouda
- Creamy Brie Cheese
- Soft Blue Castello
- Goat Cheese
Make sure to provide one cheese that everyone is familiar with. It is typical to serve three different cheese options, and 4 if you are serving a larger crowd.
- Fresh baked baguette
- Crackers (variety pack)
Something savory: pickles, olives, pickled red onions, pickled mushrooms, walnuts
Something sweet: fig jam, fresh fruit, honey
For the vinos:
White Wines: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Prosecco or Champagne
Red Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec
How to serve:
Serve sliced and all on one board at room temperature.