A Charcuterie Board is lots of fun to make. You can let your imagination run wild! I start with different salumi, cheeses and continue with vegetables, fruits and nuts. Crackers or a crostini always make a great addition. Of course, olives, cornichons and other pickled vegetables pair well with the salumi and cheese. Its always nice to add something with a touch of acidity.
Enjoy Great Salumi and Cheeses
Sometimes, I just assemble the board with lots of items that I’ve bought. (No cooking involved!) For instance, there are great quality salumi and prosciutto available. I like to serve a few varieties of cheese. The rule of thumb is one cheese that is aged (like Parmigiano Reggiano), one that is fresh (like mozzarella balls) and one that is rather pungent (like a blue cheese). There aren’t many “rules” when making charcuterie boards, just pick items you like to eat. If you don’t like blue cheese, don’t put it on the board. You can choose a brie (or another type of cheese) instead.
Stuffing different vegetables or fruit with cheese elevates them. For instance, you can buy blue cheese stuffed olives or you can make them yourself. My Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs are easy to make and delicious.
Pickled Vegetables are Tasty Additions to a Charcuterie Board
Sometimes I pickle or marinate different vegetables, like eggplant, and add them to the board. Pickled or marinated vegetables last for a long time in the fridge, so I just take a peak and see what I have. I like to add artichokes to the board. Sometimes I make my Grilled Artichokes; however, other times I used marinated ones right out of the jar. Roasted bell peppers are nice on a charcuterie board. You can buy these in jars or make your own and store them in olive oil in the fridge.
Fruit is a Sweet Treat
Fresh or dried fruit is a great accompaniment to any charcuterie boards. Pick what you have in the pantry, like dried apricots, figs or dates, or fresh fruit that looks tasty like grapes, apples or berries. In other words, the choices are endless!
A Charcuterie Board are perfect for parties or as a light meal. Above all, you can add a little of this and a little of that and end up with a delicious feast!