You can’t have missed this party food trend! In fact, charcuterie boards are all over social media, some so big that they cover the entire length of the table they are placed on. Of course, unless you are throwing a party for hundreds of people, it’s unlikely that you will need so much stuff. Although you may need some help on what to include, how to arrange it. Along with some advice on what to drink alongside a delicious meal of cured meats and cheese. Happily, that is precisely what you can find below. Read on for more.
The most important part of a charcuterie board is, of course, the charcuterie or cured meat as it’s also known. Popular options include Italian salamis, summer sausage, and chorizo. Although there are a great many other varieties to choose from as well.
In fact, as if you are looking for something a little different, then the tangy, rich taste of Saucisson d’Arles is an excellent addition, as are wafer-thin slices of Iberico ham.
The key to acing the charcuterie board trend is to have a good range of cheeses on offer. Then there is something for everyone. That means it’s always a smart idea to start off with the basics such as sharp cheddar and mild cream cheese.
Then you can add more robust flavors such as the Swiss cheese Reblochon, the French cheese Camembert, and even some English blue cheese such as Stilton.
Of course, you need to remember that while soft cheese needs to be refrigerated while not being eaten, they also need to come up to room temperature before its time to sample them as well. Something that means it best to give them at least a few hours outside of the refrigerator to release their full flavor.
It’s also essential that you get your drink selection right when using a charcuterie board as your primary culinary choice at a party. To that end, you will want to pick beverages that compliment the sharp and salty flavors. One way of doing this is to choose a range of sweet wines. Such as the ones on offer at Naked Winery that will pair well with this type of food. The reason being that the sweetness with contrast beautifully with all that salt and tang and really enhances the experience.
Beers and ales and can also be an ell cent servicing choice with a charcuterie board too. Just be sure to stick to sour and sweet numbers for the best effect.
A note on presentation
Finally, when it comes to charcuterie boards do remember that a considerable amount of success is based on how they are presented. In particular, go for natural organic presentation by hand rolling the meat, and cutting the cheeses, so they are in bite-sized pieces.
Keep fruit and nuts whole too. Then drape them over the top of the cheese and meat to soften the transitions for the most impressive visuals. This being a look that is bound to wow everyone at your party with your charcuterie board skills.