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Build Your Own Charcuterie Board

By now, you’ve seen charcuterie boards either at a party, wedding, or all over Instagram! These trendy appetizers are AMAZING, but can also be a little daunting to create. Charcuterie is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces.

A beautiful charcuterie board is a statement piece and a time-saver, since it typically requires little to no cooking. It only takes a few minutes to assemble and you don’t need to be an expert food stylist.

Here at The Market, we want to break down exactly what you’ll need to be on your way to create your own impressive board. The perfect appetizer for any party!

Alright, before we start, let’s talk about the actual board itself. Here’s the thing, you can use whatever size/shape you want. So get creative with what you already have in your home; a clean and flat surface is all you really need!

Next comes the food. The key to a good charcuterie board is doing what you want. Choose all your favorite ingredients and whatever you think your guests will love. Start of with a couple different meats, different textures of cheeses, and then the extras! Below we have listed some of the popular choices to help you build your board:

Meat: dry-cured pork, bresaola, salami, and mortadella.

Cheese: brie, havarti, cheddar, gouda, gruyère, burrata, goat cheese, fresh ricotta… (literally any cheese, the list goes on)

Extras: pickles, olives, spreads, jams, nuts, fruits, veggies, crackers, chocolate and if you want to get a little fancy honey is always a great touch.

Once you have all the yummy ingredients, its time to build. Place your cheeses, cut and fold the meat, and sprinkle around the extras and just like that, you have your own gorgeous charcuterie board! If you take it step by step, it doesn’t have to be scary. You’ll be ready to rock your next party. Enjoy!

We you covered with all the tasty ingredients to build the perfect board for your next party (or just a fancy snack for one). Stop by and pick up some of your perfect pairings on your next trip to The Market.