A good Cheese Platter or Charcuterie Board can make a big statement at your next get-together or holiday party. A variety of cheeses, nuts, fruits, meats, and condiments will create a beautiful and appetizing display.
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How to Make Your Cheese Platter Appealing?
Add the utensils you will need on the board. This will guide your guests to know what to use when and where. Meats are best served thinly sliced and the suggested best meats are Salami and Prosciutto.
Use hard cheeses for the best results. Nuts and small dried fruits are great to fill in empty spots on the platter. You can add more olives, nuts, and meats if you don’t want to add fresh fruit. The best fruits are berries. Make your Charcuterie Board colorful. This is most pleasing to the eye. Add different textures, colors, and sizes of ingredients.
Best Ingredients for Cheese Platters
Fruit and Cheese Charcuterie Board
- Large board
- Small bowls for wet or small ingredients
- Serving utensils
- Cranberry Chutney
- Garlic Hummus
- Fresh Rosemary Optional Garnish
- Large Black Olives Pitted
- Jalapeno Stuffed Green Olives
- Pretzel Crackers
- Ritz Crackers
- Sesame Topped Wheat Crackers
- Dried Cranberries
- Dried Apricots
- Candied Spice Pecans
- Thin-sliced salami
- Prosciutto wrapped cheese
- Large thin-sliced Pepperonis
- Cubed Colby jack cheese
- Cubed Cheddar
- Thin sliced white Cheddar
- Brie round cut in half
- Cranberry topped goat cheese
- Begin by preparing the cheese if needed. You can also buy prepared cubed cheese in most deli departments. Set Aside
- Prepare the meats, Set Aside
- Wash and pat dry all fresh fruit. Set Aside.
- Fill your bowls or ramekins with the chutney spread, hummus, olives and honey.
- Start your board with something in the middle such as the olives. Then add the bowls of dips.
- Now add the prepared cheese, crackers, nuts and fresh fruit.
- Add fresh fruit by the sweeter cheese like Brie and goat cheese.
- Fill in the blank spaces with dried fruit and nuts.
Can you make your cheese platter in advance?
I suggest you make your platter the day of your party, for the best results but it can be started the night before. You can start by preparing the board, the utensils, the nuts, and dried fruits. Place your fresh fruit, and dips on a platter just before serving.
What does Charcuterie mean?
Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces.
In French, the person that prepares the meat is called a Charcutier. Additionally, the English pronunciation of charcuterie varies slightly from the original French. The correct French pronunciation of charcuterie is “shar-coo-tree.”
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