This is one I arranged for your (#1) godmother and one of my dearest friend’s birthday recently. An easy party pleaser that can also metamorph into a simple Summer meal.
Love from Mom
How to assemble a charcuterie board
Meat. Select a variety of three or more cured meats. My go-tos are prosciutto, chorizo, salami, sausage. You can but go fancier from here, if your local butcher carries fancy. 😄
Meat spread. Usually a pâté or terrine. Of late, I have gotten into the habit of putting out a jar of duck rillettes, something that my parents introduced me to years ago.
Cheese. Select a variety of three of more cheeses – a soft cheese, a firm cheese, a veined cheese. My favorites are brie, reblochon, smoked cheddar, comté, wensleydale containing fruit, gorgonzola.
Pickles. I usually do green olives, but gherkins, marinated artichokes, hearts of palm, pickled onions etc. work too.
Spread. Usually a fruit preserve like apricot jam and honey. Sometimes a whole grain mustard as well depending on the type of meats you have selected. Like Paddington, I’m partial to marmalade. For this arrangement, I used a jar of my kumquat compote.
Nuts & dried fruit. I usually put out whatever I have on hand – cashews, pistachios, brazil nuts, dried cranberries, dates etc.
Fruit. Grapes are a simple choice. Sliced pears, fig halves etc. are great choices too.
Bread & crackers. Duck rillettes spread on a fresh baguette slice. Heaven. Prosciutto wrapped around a bread stick. Inspired. Gorgonzola on a cracker (or a slice of pear!) drizzled with honey. Oh my.
Don’t forget wine and cocktails!