I like date-nights in. So comfortable and romantic. You get to choose the music, or possibly a motion picture, light some candle lights and simply chill with your boo. My preferred method to do a simple night in is a charcuterie board.

Mike and I initially found our love for charcuterie together. Method back in the day, years and years back, a hot brand-new dining establishment opened in an actual street in a really questionable part of town. It was hipster prior to being hipster was a thing. They used flights of meat and cheese for a ridiculous quantity of cash (to us, at that time) and we fell in love.

After our 4th see there in 2 weeks, we wised up to the reality that we were investing an unreasonable quantity of cash on something that we might quickly do in the house. After all, the dining establishment actually informed us where they sourced their charcuterie from. This was method prior to made-in-house was a thing. So, we went right to the source, purchased a lot of our favorites, which we conveniently currently understood, and went to town.

Since, we have actually constantly made charcuterie and cheese boards in the house. The very best part is developing enjoyable little accompaniments, since things that makes whatever prettier makes things more delicious too, right?

What is charcuterie, anyhow?

Charcuterie is the french term for ready meat items like hams, sausages, terrines, and pâtés. While generally that was basically it, nowadays a charcuterie board indicates a huge spread of treated meats, cheeses, fresh fruits, spreads, crackers, and breads.

Part of the enjoyable of charcuterie is that whatever is ready and all you need to do is select your favorites and make whatever appearance quite. It’s simple and scrumptious and can feel expensive or casual, however constantly glamorous. You can go from supermarket pâtés to regional artisanal cheeses and whatever in between.

Why are charcuterie boards so popular?

I believe it’s since individuals like option and abundance. Location a charcuterie board down in front of individuals and they get to pick what they like, making taste mixes interest them– sort of like a food variation of choose-your-own-adventure With a couple of products, it’s a low crucial appetiser or snack, best for coupling with beverages. If you go for it, it’s likewise very simple for expensive amusing or for a casual date night in. We have actually utilized charcuterie boards as easy-yet-fancy appetisers for supper celebrations that can be rapidly thrown up more times than I can keep in mind.

You do not need to go expensive though. In some cases the very best thing to do is to adhere to one sort of meat, a truly great mustard, and some olives. Keep it basic, keep it insane, keep it you. It’s scrumptious no matter how you slice it (pun meant).

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How to make a charcuterie board

First Of All, do not seem like you need to go insane. I like a basic charcuterie board. You can do simply one meat and one cheese and have some mustard and great bread and stop. Or you might likewise go nuts and make a substantial outstanding plate! You do you. You seek all, the star of your meat and cheese bar.

  1. Get your board. Simply in case you’re questioning, do you require an elegant marble and wood charcuterie board? The response is nope, you can utilize any old cutting board or plate you have at house! In these images we utilized a flat pan.
  2. Little bowls. Put down a number of little bowls for things like olives, rillettes, mustards, jams, dips, nuts, anything that you do not desire spreading out all over the board. The bowls include height to your board and likewise offer you more area since you can lean/stack things versus them. The number of bowls depends upon the size of your board or plate.
  3. Meats and cheeses. After the bowls are on the plate, include the sliced up meats, either in cool rows or in a natural stack. Include the cheese. While the precise mix depends on you, a little more listed below we have actually recommended quantities, ranges, and blends.
  4. Breads and crackers. Stack or set out the carbohydrates in little stacks, keeping the crackers with the crackers and the breads with the breads.
  5. Spreads. We like to utilize a number of various mustards (typically 1 English and 1 stone ground French) in addition to whatever jelly we have relaxing.
  6. Fruit and garnish. Include some seasonal fruit and herbs for color and freshness! In the images we utilize a little technique we gained from Cassia in Santa Monica: pairing charcuterie with Vietnamese herbs. It’s genius!

I likewise made some little flags, for enjoyable, and plated the pâté in a restaurant-like style. In some cases when we struck up dining establishments, we observe that they smear pâté onto a plate to the edge like this. It’s very simple to do in the house and we actually like it.

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Just how much charcuterie per individual?

It’s good to get a mix of meats and cheeses however the ratio depends on you! We base whatever on a minimum order of 2oz.

  • For an appetiser, get 2 various meats/cheeses per individual (4oz overall per individual)
  • As a primary, get 4 various meats/cheeses per individual (8oz overall per individual).

This is a rough price quote that depends on just how much (or little) you consume, however considering that its much better to have excessive food rather of going out (specifically if its a supper celebration), we typically get 4oz per product, so for the 2 people as a primary, we get 32oz of things and have enough for 2 nights of charcuterie.

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What to place on a charcuterie board?

If you wish to go for it and make the best charcuterie board, this is our formula:

  • Something machine-sliced: These are your treated meats like prosciutto, sliced thin for a salty, tasty hit. Considering that you most likely do not have a meat slicer, if they do not currently come sliced up, get these from the deli and ask to slice them as thin as they suggest (various meats need various densities).
  • Something hand-sliced: These are the treated meats that you desire with a bit of a heartier/heftier bite, sausages and so on that you can slice yourself in the house.
  • Something spreadable: These are the squishy spreadable things that include a little fat and are smooth and abundant on the tongue. We like to opt for a couple pâtés or terrines, and constantly include a little scoop of rillettes too.
  • Cheese. Not all charcuterie boards consist of cheese, however the very best ones do, in my viewpoint! You can simply include one as an accent or do a mix that highlight contrasting tastes and textures. We like to set about 70/30 meats vs cheese, typically one brie and one more difficult cheese like gouda (more on this listed below).
  • Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the base upon which your (most likely quite costly) meats and cheeses are taken pleasure in. Crusty bread, untoasted and toasted, crisp rye crackers, homemade sourdough crackers, water crackers– the list goes on. While the point of the carbohydrates on a charcuterie board is a blank canvas for the tastes of the meats and cheeses, a truly great choice of crusty toasted baguettes and crispy crunchy crackers can turn a normal supermarket meat and cheese board into something amazing.
  • Bright Notes. These are your fruits, olives, mustards, pickles, herbs, and jellies. They should not be an afterthought, really, they must be the star of the program! These men are what individuals actually discover themselves taking pleasure in after the very first number of bites, since they balance out the richness of the meats and cheeses with complicated tastes and mix-and-match mixes. We like to go nuts with various mustards and constantly consist of some good cornichons and olives.

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Finest treated meats

These are our favorites:

  • Soppressata: a dry Italian salami made from pork that is available in various tastes like black pepper or spicy. Salty, abundant, and delicious. You can get this sliced up thin at the deli or cut a little thicker pieces in the house.
  • Saucisson sec: a thick dry treated French sausage typically made from pork, saucisson sec resembles salami or summer season sausage. It’s meaty, moderate, and is available in a range of tastes like red white wine or garlic. You can get this sliced up thin at the deli or cut a little thicker pieces in the house.
  • Calabrese: a spicy treated pork sausage from Calabria, Italy. Intense red, abundant, and robust. You can get this sliced up thin at the deli or cut a little thicker pieces in the house.
  • Mortadella: a big Italian pork sausage studded with little cubes of pork fat, entire black pepper, and additionally pistachios or olives. Mortadella is soft and smooth and smooth. It may advise you of baloney, however it’s absolutely nothing like baloney. Get this sliced up thin.
  • Prosciutto: By now everybody and their granny understands prosciutto and it’s not surprising that why, it’s salted, abundant, and simply melts in your mouth. What’s not to like about very finely sliced treated ham?! Get this sliced up thin at the deli.
  • Jamon (Serrano and Iberico): The Spanish variation of dry treated ham. Sweet, nutty, and earthy, this fragile ham is treated longer than prosciutto and has a much deeper, more powerful taste. Serrano is the more typical jamon and Iberico is the more specialized, made from black Iberian pigs. Get this sliced up thin at the deli.
  • Bresaloa: Air dry salted lean beef that’s been aged, made popular in the Lombardy area of Italy. It’s sort of like a sturdy variation of prosciutto, however less fatty and milder in taste. Get it sliced up thin at the deli.
  • Finocchiona: a Tuscan salami on the sweeter side flecked with fennel seeds. This is among my favorites!

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Finest pâtés, terrines, and rillettes

Head to a charcutier (a location where they make in home charcuterie) for a choice of spreadables to up your charcuterie video game. Spreadable things are exceptionally addicting, specifically on crackers and bread.

  • Pâté: The most decadent and scrumptious of the pâté is foie gras however a more available pâté is most likely chicken liver pâté or chicken liver mousse. It’s light, abundant, and silky smooth. We likewise like a basic peppercorn pâté or a rustic nation design pâté de campagne.
  • Terrine: Terrine primarily describes the loaf-shaped pan that they’re prepared in. In some cases they’re layered or baked in puff pastry. We like duck and pistachio terrine for its basic robustness and fantastic time evaluated tastes.
  • Rillettes: Rillettes are meat or fish that’s been sliced or shredded and confit/cooked own fat to make a thick spread. If you have actually had potted whitefish dip or potted salmon, it was most likely a rillette. Rillettes are heartier than pâté and exceptionally pleasing. Our preferred is pork rillettes.

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Finest cheeses

The very best cheese is a cheese you like! That being stated, if you wish to broaden your cheese horizons, these are a few of our favorites that aren’t the typical cheddar, brie, and mozzarella.

Epoisses de Bourgongne or Saint-Andre: These 2 are velvety, soft cheeses best for spreading out. The Epoisses has a quite pungent odor, however when you taste it, it’s velvety, salted, and sweet. At space temperature it’s definitely luscious. If you protest smelly cheeses, you must opt for the Saint Andre, a triple cream which is thick, buttery, and abundant. It resembles brie, however much better!

Kaasaggio Robusto Gouda: It’s our brand-new preferred cheese fascination. Taste smart, it’s a mix of parmesan and gouda, with the salted nuttiness of Parmesan and the sweet butterscotch-y tastes of an aged gouda. It has a an extreme quantity of those addicting little crispy crystals that are just discovered in actually great aged cheese.

Castello Double Creme Blue: I’m not a substantial fan of blue cheese, however I have a deep regard for their sharp, deep tastes. I’m gradually liking blue cheese a growing number of and if you desire an entrance blue cheese, this is the one to attempt. Castello is a Danish cheese, tender and moderate compared to other blues while still having a fragile bitterness with a velvety surface. Type of addicting to be sincere!

Saint Paulin: This is among those cheeses that everybody will like. It’s a semi-firm pushed cheese that has a pleasing edible yellow-orange skin and a creamy buttery smooth interior. It’s really comparable to a harvarti– very subtle with a tip of sweet taste and the taste of fresh milk.

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Bread and crackers

We like having a range of breads and crispy things too.

  • I’m actually into these rye crisps
  • and these crispy crackers
  • Mike enjoys toasted baguettes that we get sliced at our regional pastry shop, then placed on a flat pan in the house and toast at one time at 350ºF for 15 minutes.
  • Obviously if you wish to go for it, homemade sourdough crackers are the method to go!

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What are the very best garnishes for a charcuterie board?

  • Spreads: jams and honey include a touch of sweet taste. They’re best with cheese!
  • Nuts: walnuts, macadamias, marcona almonds, pecans, pistachios, all the nuts!
  • Seeds: this sounds amusing, however seeds go incredibly well sprayed onto cheese, specifically soft ones like goat cheese. Have little meals of poppy seeds, toasted sesame seeds, toasted sunflower seeds, pepitas
  • Olives: Select your preferred olives! We like picholine (little green French olives), Nicoise (little black French olives), and Manzanilla (firm smoky green Spanish olives).
  • Fruit: Any seasonal fruit will do, in the summer season berries and stone fruits are good and in the fall and winter season things like pears and apples.
  • Mustards: entire grain, dijon, hot brown, honey mustard, English; mustards include heat and level of acidity.
  • Pickles: cornichon (those adorable little French pickles), selected onions or shallots, marinaded veggie such as beets, peppers, radishes, beans, and so on

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How do you state charcuterie?

It’s shar-CUTE-er-ee!

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Go forth and meat and cheese with desert!
xoxo steph

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The Ultimate Charcuterie Board

Our supreme variation of a timeless charcuterie board.
Serves 4
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Overall Time 15 minutes

Active Ingredients

  • 2 oz prosciutto very finely sliced at the deli
  • 2 oz soppressata very finely sliced at the deli
  • 2 oz finocchiona very finely sliced at the deli
  • 2 oz duck with truffles pâté
  • 2 oz pork rillettes
  • 2 oz double creme brie or bleu
  • 2 oz Kaasaggio Robusto Gouda
  • 2 oz boursin high-low infant
  • 1 baguette 1/3″ sliced at the pastry shop
  • 1/2 plan crackers see blog site for suggestions
  • 1/4 cup stone ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup English mustard
  • 1/2 cup olives see blog site for suggestions
  • 1/4 cup cornichons
  • 1 fruit very finely sliced, seasonal


  • Toast your baguettes in a 350ºF oven for 15 minutes. On the other hand, slice your cheeses and salamis, if requiredcured meats | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Organize your mustards, olives, cornichons, and other spreads in little meals.candied walnuts | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Smear your pâté, rillettes, and soft cheeses along the edges of deep plates.rilettes | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Get rid of baguette from oven and set up in a big bowl or 2. In a different bowl, snap into little pieces (if homemade) and organize your crackers. crackers | www.iamafoodblog.com
  • Serve right away with tongs, forks, or other serving utensils.charcuterie board | www.iamafoodblog.com


As a primary, either double the volume or range of the proteins.
The meats and cheeses are simply a base, you must include jams, jellies, herbs, and other fruits or veggies according to your taste.
Approximated nutrition is an excellent representation however will be extremely variable based upon your choices.

Approximated Nutrition

Nutrition Information.
The Ultimate Charcuterie Board.

Quantity Per Serving.

Calories 641
Calories from Fat 464

% Daily Worth *

Fat 51.6 g 79% Hydrogenated fat 21.6 g 135% Cholesterol 195mg 65% Salt 1560mg 68% Potassium 245mg 7% Carbs 16g 5% Fiber 0.3 g 1% Sugar 1.2 g 1% Protein 27.5 g 55% * Percent Daily Worths are based upon a 2000 calorie diet plan.

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