Charcuterie Boards are one of my favorite things to make when I am hosting a crowd or even just a couple of friends. They are so easy to throw together and they don’t take much time at all. Are you a charcuterie fan? In this post, I am going to showcase some of the Meat & Cheese boards I have created as well as walk you through how to make your own Charcuterie Board.
As you can see in the photo above there are so many options and ways to build a Charcuterie Board. I tend to go to the grocery store to see what items are in season. You want to have the best, ripest & most beautiful produce to place on your board for that wow factor and pop of color.
Charcuterie Board Ingredients
In the charcuterie board above there are many different ingredients. For this board, I was asked to have a lot of fruits and veggies incorporated so I did just that.
- Shaved Carrots
- Pecorino Cheese, Smoked Gouda & Aged Cheddar
- Green Grapes
- Peppered Salami
- Green Olives
- Mixed Roasted and Salted Nuts
- Spicy Black Bean Dip
Here is another example of a charcuterie board and how you can make it a bit more fancy with the items you use. On this board I wanted to include as much color as I could and then also have three different kinds of olives to snack on as well.
Charcuterie Board #2 Ingredients
- Peppered Salami
- Herbed Goat Cheese
- Sourdough crostini
- Rosemary Crackers
- Trio of Olives
- Peppered White Cheddar Cheese
- Aged Italian Truffle Cheese
- Marcona Almonds
I think the key to creating a delicious charcuterie board is to make sure you mix up the textures of the ingredients you are using. Deciding on creamy cheese, aged cheese, and hard cheese makes it so that you can try a little of each. Inside Tip*** in most grocery stores they sell the odd-sized slices of cheese and you can grab them for super cheap, giving you the chance to grab a couple to try out! Adding nuts, olives, berries also gives the same effect as having crunchy, juicy, and soft options to choose from. Just have fun with it, add as much color as you can to have a pop of color and wow factor looking at the board.
Places to Buy Charcuterie Ingredients
Trader Joe’s – is a great place to go because their cheeses are rather affordable and they tend to have a whole wall to choose from. They also have a couple of different packages of meats that you can mix and match easily. They have a good selection of crackers as well, I tend to like their Pita Crackers, they have a really great crisp and pair with everything!
Whole Foods – I also enjoy popping into the local Whole Foods for a couple of different reasons. One, the prices have gotten better & I am an amazon prime user so that helps. They have a great olive bar to grab from, the cheese selection is on point and they tend to have a bit fancier selection. You also can sometimes find more options for those that might have food allergies.
Boise Co-op – This last one is for all my locals and anyone coming into town! I love our Boise Coop & the delicious locally made items that they have to offer. I am a true believer in supporting locals and I also love to find out about new farms, and small businesses that are starting up by finding their products in the Coop. This is a great way to try local produce, cheeses, meats, bread, and crackers. Once you know you like it then most of the time you can visit them at their farmers market stands or take a trip to their farms!
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