Making a delicious charcuterie and cheese board is an art! There are seemingly infinite meat, cheese, garnish, and bread options to choose from, which can seem like a daunting task. With this guide, we hope to give you a good starting board which you can modify and add to as your heart desires! Here are our charcuterie and cheese picks to make the perfect small and simple board:
How to Make an Epic Charcuterie and Cheese Board
Including about two ounces of meat per person is a safe bet when making your charcuterie and cheese board. For a simple board, we suggest ham and salami because they provide wonderful flavors and textures. To serve ham, slice it as thinly as possible; for salami, slice it straight out of the refrigerator and serve it at room temperature.
Delpeyrat and Fabrique Delices are masters of specialty meats. Delpeyrat's Bayonne ham is delicately flavored with a salty-sweet taste. Fabrique Delices' dry salami is blended with black peppercorn, sea salt, and garlic to make a delicious pairing with any bread. Add these two to your charcuterie board for a well-rounded and hearty meat selection.
Tracking down the perfect cheese for your charcuterie and cheese board can seem daunting, so we're making it simple! Generally, you will want to provide an array of tastes (mild, medium, strong) as well as textures (smooth, creamy, hard). For the purposes of a simple, small board, we believe sliced cheddar and aged gouda are two perfect choices.
Sliced cheddar is a universally loved cheese that has a soft, smooth texture. In keeping with this board's simple theme, try to pick cheddar that hasn't been aged for too long to keep it mild-tasting.
Aged gouda is another great choice as it is one of the most popular cheeses. Gouda has a semi-hard texture and has a strong taste if aged for a minimum of 8 months and will present a great balance next to your cheddar slices.
Your charcuterie and cheese board will need some crunch to offset the soft textures of the cheese and meats, so be sure to include some toasts and crackers. If they're flavored, that's even better! Here are our crunchy selections:
What would a charcuterie and cheese board be without garnishes? From pickles and olives to spreads and hummus, they offer your guests a wide variety of tastes and textures to combine with your meats, cheeses, and bread options. Below are our choices of garnishes for your board:
These mini gherkin cucumbers have been pickled in a jar of tarragon, mustard seeds, vinegar, coriander seeds, and brine. These cornichons have a tangy, sweet taste.
Les Moulins Mahjoub's black olive spread is a delicious mixture of blended Tunisian olives, organic herbs, salt, and olive oil. This spread makes a tasty topper for your toasts and crackers.
Divina's non-GMO, additive-free blue cheese stuffed Greek olives work great as a topping or by themselves!
Yalla Hummus handcrafts their artichoke and spinach hummus in small batches. This flavor includes tahini, roasted garlic, chickpeas, and chives.