Make the Perfect Charcuterie Board

A loaded charcuterie board and a couple of wine glasses set us up for hours of leisurely discussion, laughter, and decompressing.

Charcuterie boards have quickly become one of our all-time favorite meals.

This is our happy place: Friday night, a long work week is finally done, and our best friends are on their way over. A loaded charcuterie board and a couple of wine glasses set us up for hours of leisurely discussion, laughter, and decompressing. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.

There’s something luxurious about them. You know that everything on the board was intentionality chosen. It’s high-variety. It’s quality over quantity. While a good charcuterie board might set you back more than you budgeted at a restaurant, they are a lot easier (and cheaper) to set up and enjoy at home than you might think.

Here are my 6 Symmetrical Charcuterie Commandments (and some suggestions to get you started)

 

  1. An equal number of cheeses as meats (2 different kinds of cheese, 2 different types of meat).
  2. An equal number of “vehicles” as meats/cheeses (thinly sliced baguette and nut thins).
  3. At least 1 sweet spread and 1 savory spread (apricot preserves or fig jam with spicy mustard or tzatziki).
  4. An equal number of raw savories to raw sweets (gherkins and bell pepper slices with red grapes and apple slices).
  5. Wine or sparkling cider, something that warrants sipping, savoring, and taking your time (I love the sweet South African shiraz Jamjar or the Dark Horse Double Down red blend).
  6. A salty nut for snacking (toss some raw almonds in a bit of olive oil, salt, and rosemary before toasting them in your oven. Add to your board immediately).

 

Now, this is purely preference but I love my charcuterie boards to look like a holy mess. None of this foodie sparseness (even though it is so pretty).

I’m talking a pile of goodness lookin’ like it just got shipped in from Eden. Ideally, I don’t even want to see the board!

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL.

For this particular board, we enjoyed:

  • Sliced bell peppers
  • Baby carrots
  • Sugar snap peas (which I counted as both a sweet and a savory raw element)
  • Apple slices
  • Sweet red grapes
  • Cashews
  • 3 different kinds of cheeses
  • 3 different kinds of meats
  • Tzatiki
  • Apricot preserves
  • Two different crispy crackers and a soft, thinly sliced baguette
  • Oil & herbs

We’re always looking for new recommendations to add to our boards so, if you’re also a charcuterie fan, leave me your favorites in the comments below!

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