Summer is here, and with it comes promises of cookouts, picnics, and outdoor parties. It isn’t polite to show up to a soirée empty-handed, but you won’t always have time to cook a delicious side dish. Luckily for you, charcuterie and cheese boards are more popular than ever. Discover how to assemble the perfect one in less than twenty minutes!
More is More
When perusing the cheese and meat section of the grocery store, don’t skimp on the good stuff. Your guests need a variety of choices, and you’ll need plenty of items to fill up an entire board. Cheese, meat, and grapes might be classic charcuterie staples, but consider taking your board one step further. Incorporate nuts, spreads, and fruits to add color and texture!
Sweet and Savory
The best charcuterie and cheese boards blend savory and sweet foods together. Combining sweet and savory is especially important if your guests are drinking wine! What better way to eat a dried fig than with a small block of dark chocolate?
Fill it Up
Once you place the cheese, meat, nuts, and other items on your board fill in the blank spaces! You can use leafy greens like arugula to fill in large gaps, and a colorful spread of dijon mustard to blend smaller gaps. A charcuterie and cheese board should seam bountiful, even if it’s quite modest.
Set Crackers Aside
You don’t need to save room on the board for crackers and bread. Instead, set out a basket or separate board for a sliced baguette or set of water crackers. Keeping things separate allows you more room for cheese, and it also maintains a sanitary dining space.
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