How to Create the Perfect Charcuterie Board For Your Next Event

How to Create the Perfect Charcuterie Board For Your Next Event

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A well-made charcuterie (“shar-KOO-tuh-ree”) board brings a sense of style and sophistication to any table. 

If you’re looking to create a spread for your next get-together that’s not only eye-catching but also packs a powerful flavor punch, keep reading to discover how.

What to Include on a Charcuterie Board

You already know that a great spread includes meats, cheeses, and starches like crackers or bread. But what options are out there? And how do you choose? 

The key is this: To make the spread more satisfying, focus on including a variety of different flavors and textures. 

That could mean some thick-sliced spicy chorizo next to thinner and more delicate prosciutto, or a selection of both hard and soft cheeses. To complement the richer meats and cheeses, you could include some crunchy crackers, raw veggies, or nuts.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Meats: Prosciutto, chorizo, ham, cured sausage, salami, pepperoni, smoked salmon
  • Cheeses: Parmesan, gouda, cheddar, Camembert, brie, colby, havarti, mascarpone, gorgonzola
  • Starches: Crackers, pretzels, breadsticks, bread, pita, chips
  • Fruit and Vegetables: Berries, dried fruit, jam, oranges, apples, pears, carrots, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced onions, peppers, sweet potato
  • Dips and Sauces: Hummus, feta dip, guacamole, yogurt, mustard, mayo, cream cheese, salsa, honey, hot sauce
    • Other Ideas: Nuts, herbs, chocolate, candy, and flowers can add more complexity and beauty to a board

    There are so many options! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices available, try the 3-3-3-3 rule for charcuterie boards: choose 3 cheeses, 3 meats, 3 starches, and 3 extra items from the list above for a well-balanced selection.

    How to Assemble Everything For a Beautiful Spread

    Once you’ve got your ingredients ready, it’s time to assemble the board.

    This doesn’t have to be complicated! One way to make it easy to assemble is to start with a board that includes serving dishes, like this marble charcuterie board
    Extra Special with an Engraved Charcuterie Board

    Fill up each dish with a dip or smaller item first and put them into their designated spaces. Then fill up the open side of the board from the largest items first. Place them onto the board in a pattern that feels balanced, then follow that with the next-largest item, and so on.

    If you’re using a plain serving board, it’s easiest to start by placing a few small serving dishes in a balanced way, then placing the largest item, and so on until everything’s in place.

    Looking through inspiration photos of other charcuterie spreads can help you find ideas for arranging your ingredients in a more aesthetic way.

    Make the Occasion Extra Special with an Engraved Charcuterie Board

    Sure, you can make a charcuterie board with any type of serving board, but an engraved charcuterie board or serving board can make it even more special. 

    You can choose from several designs for weddings, housewarming, family, and more, for a gift that’ll become a treasured possession for years to come.

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    And with that, we hope you’ll enjoy putting together your next charcuterie board with the help of these tips!