03 Feb Make the Perfect Charcuterie Board
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)
- An equal number of cheeses as meats (2 different kinds of cheese, 2 different types of meat).
- An equal number of “vehicles” as meats/cheeses (thinly sliced baguette and nut thins).
- At least 1 sweet spread and 1 savory spread (apricot preserves or fig jam with spicy mustard or tzatziki).
- An equal number of raw savories to raw sweets (gherkins and bell pepper slices with red grapes and apple slices).
- 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).
- 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
- 3 different kinds of cheeses
- 3 different kinds of meats
- 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!