Charcuterie Boards offer a flexible, adaptable and easy solution for any entertaining. While it may sound fancy, charcuterie boards are actually just platters of meat, cheese and cold hors d’oeuvres. There is something for everyone, and it allows for multitudes of flavor & texture combinations.
Not sure how to build the perfect board? Follow this guide and you’ll be a pro in no time.
It’s best to pick 2-4 cheeses of different textures and intensities that can be enjoyed in combination with other ingredients on the board. Some of our favorites include Aged Cheddar, Brie, Goat Cheese and Gorgonzola.
Here are two ways we like to dress them up for the party:
- Goat Cheese with Caramelized Cocoa Nibs: Gently roll your log of goat cheese in PURE DARK™ Caramelized Cocoa Nibs. The creamy goat cheese paired with crunchy cocoa nibs is the perfect nib-ble! Check out our PURE DARK™ Goat Cheese Log/Ball for some quick inspiration.
- Brie with Raspberry Amaretto Preserves: Place a small wheel of Brie on your board and spread 1-2 tablespoons of POD & BEAN® Raspberry Amaretto Preserves on top. Sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt to taste.
Meet the Meats
Meats can often act as the backbone of the board. Choose between 1-3 different meats to feature, such as a stick of dried peppered salami, sliced prosciutto or spicy cappa. It’s a good idea to mix some “slice-it-yourself” pieces with pre-sliced meats for visual interest and ease of preparation.
The Dip End
Dips are a must have for a great board, as they usually pair with just about everything. Crowd pleasers include hummus, artichoke dip or olive tapenade. A quick way to put a homemade touch on prepared hummus is to transfer it from the store package to a new bowl, top with 1-2 tablespoons of your favorite olive oil and sprinkle with POD & BEAN® Sweet & Spicy Cocoa Rub.
Serve at least 2 types of crackers, 1-2 types of fruit and 1-2 types of vegetables for a complete board. These bases will be used for many of your guest’s combinations, so be sure to use robust crackers and slice your fruit and vegetables on the thicker side.
This is where the magic happens! The little extras that pack a big punch are what separates a good Charcuterie Board from a great one! Mix in a variety of pickles, nuts and condiments. POD & BEAN® Stone Ground Mustard and POD & BEAN® White Chocolate Raspberry Honey Mustard showcase the sweet and savory side of the seed, while PURE DARK™ Sea Salt Rounds and Caramelized Cashews & Nibs add a hint of dark chocolate intensity.
Follow these easy steps and your Charcuterie Board will be the star of the party!