How to Stock a Party-Perfect Charcuterie + Cheese Board
‘Charcuterie’ is a French term that’s derived from the words for cooked (‘cuit’) and flesh (‘chair’) and refers to cured meats that can be served cold. A well-stocked charcuterie board makes entertaining easy – just pile it high with deliciousness, then let guests help themselves while you mix, mingle and enjoy the party without worrying about preparing or serving food.
Entertaining Made Easy
For the Charcuterie, We Chose
Soppressata (top right): an Italian dry salami with a spicy flavor similar to pepperoni. Pair it with sharp cheddar for added bite.
Pâté (bottom right): Decadent and creamy, pâté is ground poultry, beef, seafood or vegetables combined with spices and fat to form a spreadable paste. Use it to top toasted bread rounds or fresh baguette, then pile on other sweet or savory toppings like fresh fruit or a cornichon.
Prosciutto di Parma (bottom left): Dry cured ham with a sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with fruit or tart cheeses.
Add Flavorful Accompaniments
Bring On the Baguettes
But, It's Not All About the Meat
For the Cheeses, We Chose
Mimolette (top right): With a bright orange flesh and tough, tan rind, this sweet and nutty cheese resembles cantaloupe but the flavor is more like a great cheddar. Pair it with sweet or savory toppings.
Bleu (bottom right): The perfect balance of creamy and tangy, spread bleu cheese on crostini and top with dried fruit for a sweet-meets-savory mouthful.
Manchego (bottom middle): A firm Spanish cheese, made from sheep’s milk, with a flavor that becomes richer the longer it’s aged.
Aged Cheddar (bottom left): A perennial favorite, this tangy cheese pairs equally well with spicy meats, like salami or soppressata, or fresh or dried fruit.