How to Make a Charcuterie Board 101
Charcuterie boards are becoming more and more popular and are even being served at some weddings as starters for the guests. We look at how to make a great charcuterie board and include everything to consider from the edible contents to the type of board to choose in order to get the feeling just right.
Which Woods Should I Use for a Charcuterie Board?
When it comes to charcuterie boards, there are a few different woods that can be used. The most popular options are maple, cherry, and walnut. Each of these woods has its own unique benefits that make it ideal for charcuterie boards.
Maple is a light-colored wood that has a smooth grain. It is also very durable, making it an excellent choice for charcuterie boards. Cherry is a bit darker in colour and has a slightly more pronounced grain than maple.
It is also very durable and provides a beautiful contrast against lighter-colored meats and cheeses. Walnut is the darkest of the three woods and has the most distinct grain pattern. It is also very strong and durable, making it an ideal choice for charcuterie boards.
When choosing a wood for your charcuterie board, it is important to consider the overall aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Each of these woods has its own unique benefits that can help create the perfect charcuterie board for your home or event.
Which Foods Should I Include on my Charcuterie Board?
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating a charcuterie board. However, there are certain foods that tend to work well together and create a tasty, balanced spread. Here are some of the most popular charcuterie board items:
High quality cured meats are at the heart of any good charcuterie board. Popular examples of these include spicy salami, prosciutto, chorizo, etc including their variants made from venison, which are becoming increasingly popular across the UK as more people become aware of their existence.
If one aspect of the charcuterie board is going to get the majority of your attention, make it the meat as this is one of the key components and one of the things that your guests will be talking about for days afterward.
Another highlight of any good charcuterie board is the cheeses and there are so many high quality ones to choose from brie, cheddar, goat cheese, etc. There are also a great many excellent vegan cheese substitutes that you can try, perhaps as a blind taste test to see whether your guests notice.
Crackers or bread to add the meat and cheese to, olives, nuts, dried fruit, jam or honey and that perennial classic, mustard can all help to add spice and bite to the offering. Take the time to experiment with different combinations of these ingredients to find what you like best. Don't be afraid to get creative. Remember, the key is to have fun and enjoy the process of putting together your charcuterie board.
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