How to Build a Charcuterie and Cheese Board

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You might not know it by it’s name, but I’m sure you’ve eaten charcuterie at least once in your life. Charcuterie is just a fancy name for cured meats such as salami. It’s commonly served on a board with an assortment of cured meats and cheeses, accompanied by food pairings that go well with these items such as honey, mustard, and olives. Not only does everyone love picking, mixing, and matching flavors off a charcuterie board, but it’s also a very impressive display for your next dinner party. The most beautiful thing about this board is that everything compliments each other. No matter what combination you decided to build your flavors, it’s always going to be delicious.

Although there’s not much cooking involved, it does take some time to cut the cheeses and build the display. The hardest part would be to make sure you get everything you need at the store. Just to give you an idea, here a list of things I used for my charcuterie and cheese board:

Meats-
Salami (assortment of 3)
Capocollo
Prosciutto

Cheese-
Brie
Havarti
Colby
Goat Cheese
Manchego

Accompaniments-
Olives
Candied walnuts (see recipe below)
Pistachios
Grapes
Pickled peppers
Honey
Grapes
Baguette
Mustard
Crackers (optional)

Of course you can build your board with your own preferences, but I went with more crowd friendly cheeses (left out the super stinky ones!)  I also used my chocolate scraper to smear the goat cheese onto the board. Sprouts has everything I needed (there is no sponsorship, just a super convenient store), such as an olive bar (pick what you want, and pay for the weight at the cashier), and deals on little odd ends of cheese. This allowed me to grab a large assortment of cheese for about $1-$2/piece, with no waste! The board you see in the photos was the perfect amount for 6 people.

Candied Walnuts

Ingredients

For: 1 lb
Cooking:
10 min
Ready in:
10 min

Instructions

  1. Heat a pot of oil to 350°F
  2. Bring water, walnuts, and sugar to a boil in a separate pot.
  3. Cook until syrup is thick
  4. Drain walnuts through a sieve
  5. Immediately fry for approx. 4-5 min
  6. Sprinkle with salt as soon as you pull out of the hot oil
  7. Let cool before serving

Notes

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