- Cured meats, sliced
- Cheeses, cubed, sliced or whole
Allow 1 to 1 1/2 ounces cured meats per person. Consider dry peppery sausages, Genoa salami, soppressata, prosciutto, speck, pastrami, smoked chicken or smoked ham. For an economical option, check your supermarket’s deli section for a variety pack.
Allow about 2 ounces cheese per person. Consider a mix of hard, soft and spreadable cheeses. Select hard cheeses such as pecorino, parmesan, manchego, asiago, Gruyere or cheddar. Soft cheeses include blue cheese, Brie, Camembert, goat cheese and feta. Spreadable cheeses include mascarpone, ricotta, cream cheese and prepared cheese spreads.
Select an assortment of crackers such as water crackers, fruit/nut crackers, whole-grain crackers, breadsticks, wafer or rice crackers, flatbreads or pita chips.
Arrange meats, cheeses and crackers in a pleasing display on large cutting board or tray.
Add small bowls or jars of spreads to provide a touch of sweet and spicy. Spreads include jam, honey, mustard, hummus or pesto.
Add accents in a variety of colors, flavors, and textures with a balance of savory, salty and sweet. Choose dried fruit, nuts, fresh fruit, dark chocolate, cornichons, olives, fresh veggies and marinated vegetables.
Garnish the charcuterie board with fresh herb sprigs or edible flowers.
Place small knives or spoons on board where needed.
Cover charcuterie board until serving time.