Build a Cheese & Charcuterie BoardRecipe Blog Post
Pick a board and then add items in the following order:
Cheese: Add a variety of cheese (3-4 types at the most) trying to pick some soft, others hard; some mild, others strong.
Meats: Typically, one less meat than the number of cheeses on your board – so 2-3 is a good complement. Arrange the meats in aesthetically pleasing curves around the bowls or cheeses.
Other Salty Stuff: nuts, olives, and other salty items including pâtés to fill in parts of the board
Crackers: Round or long, salty or buttery. Add sliced baguette of bread to dip in oil, or grilled ciabatta slices to eat with the meats. Long chips or truffle chips make a great addition too.
Condiments: Lots of small bowls with chutneys, honeys, mustards, preserves, jams.
Fill in with sweet or savory things: dried fruit, sliced apples or pears, grapes, cherry tomatoes, mini peppers or sliced peppers.
Garnish: Sprigs of rosemary or oregano, or sprinkle some micro-greens. Add spoons, cheese slicers and spreaders
Cheese and cheese pairings
Pick a cheese from each category and try smoked or herb-flavored version of these too
Tangy: Cotija, Feta, Goat Cheese
Creamy/Soft/Young: Brie, Mozzarella, Havarti, Ricotta, Munster, Fontina
Hard/Aged: Cheddar, Gouda, Manchego, Parmigiano Reggiano, Gruyere
Funky: Gorgonzola, Stilton, Taleggio
Aged Balsamic or Sweet vinegars: — Hard, aged cheese like Parmesan or aged goudas
Extra Virgin Olive oils – Fresh cheeses like mozzarella, ricotta and goat cheeses
Chutneys – Creamy young cheeses like Swiss, or feta. Sharp cheddars pair well with a tomato chutney
Honey/Maple Syrup – Both strong or mild cheese including Gorgonzola, Stilton, or goat cheese
Mustards – Strong cheddars or other aged or smoked cheeses
Sweet or Savory Jellies – Brie, Camembert, young Jarlsberg or Goudas, Triple Crème cheeses or stronger blue cheese
Meats and meat condiments
Pick a meat from each category and try a smoked, peppercorn encrusted or olive laced version of any of these too
Flavorful: Honey Ham, Pastrami, Mortadella, Turkey breast, Chipotle chicken
Spicy: Calabrese, Chorizo, sliced spicy sausage, peppercorn encrusted meats
Cured Italian: Salami, Pepperoni, Soppressata, Capicola, Prosciutto
Smooth Spread: Paté, Fois Grois
Mustards – grainy, spicy, mild or sweet.
Dips – a balsamic dip, tzatziki dip, salsa or any savory and sweet dipping sauce
Pickles – something to balance the higher fat content in meats such as gherkins, cornichons, or any pickled vegetable
* Typically, 2 oz. of cheese total and 2 oz. of meat total per person is a good starting point for your shopping and party planning.
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