How to make a good charcuterie board

How to make a good charcuterie board

I can tell you straight up that I am not the hostess with the mostess. When it comes to cooking and creating, I’m golden, but if I’m asked to host something sweet and swanky, I just don’t do that well. I don’t like to plan parties, and I typically just make a mess of everything. When I do get to become a host, my best efforts are usually in my charcuterie board, and I’m going to teach you how to make a good charcuterie board that any party guest will fawn over.

Charcuterie is the best way to show off your tastes, but also show your guests that you are in tune with what they like. This board is usually a love letter to my friends, most of whom are from completely different places. I also like to take a little liberty with my boards and make them fun and eclectic.

  1. Flavors should complement one another
    1. Your board may seem like a bunch of random pairings, but stop that thought, IMMEDIATELY! It sounds so cheesy, but your charcuterie board should take you on a journey. What you place there should be complementary to everything you decide to add to the board. When you decide on your pairings, think of things that really bring out the best in each other. Sweet meets salty. Tangy meets fragrant. Soft meets crunchy. It’s all about making pairs that raise some eyebrows.
  2. Don’t be afraid to do something unconventional.
    1. I once made a charcuterie board that I called “the southern mess.” It had pickles and fried chicken on it. My friends laughed, but it became a really interesting part of our conversation. I have foodie friends, so of course, we talked about our favorite Fried Chicken, and they loved making mini sandwiches with mustard, coppa and fried chicken on rosemary toast.
  3. Cut things into shareable pieces so your guests don’t have to do much work
    1. One thing I hate to do with charcuterie boards is any work. If I’m grazing one at a party, I don’t want to have to do much work to put my plate together. Get things into bite-sized pieces ahead of time, so your group can graze without too much effort.
  4. Consider your drink pairings
    1. Your drink pairings are a highly important part of your charcuterie board prep. Are you serving red, or white wine? Bubbles? Sparkling water? Your choices should be in synch with what you’re serving. Granted – you won’t be able to make everything work together, but you can get multiple pairings out of a board.



The Anatomy of my favorite charcuterie board.

charcuterie-board

My favorite board is pretty eclectic. I start with toasted rosemary french bread, with a little bit of dijon mustard. Then I place some Marcona almonds, McClure’s Pickles (this brand specifically). Some crispy fried chicken breast, sharp Cheddar Cheese cubes, coppa, prosciutto and salami, and some blackberries. There’s something for everyone here! To me, it pairs best with light wines to balance out the richness of some of the items on the board. But it’s the most fun board I build, and it reminds me that I make a MEAN fried chicken.

The one in the photo above has a mix of flavors and textures: salty, crunchy, sharp, garlicky, fragrant, fancy, fruity, and french. Totally doesn’t follow any true rules.

What’s your favorite way to make your board?

 

Written by

Mila

Mila is the author of Hangry Woman and a type 2 diabetic, trying to navigate her new world. She lives in Texas with her Husband, Bryan, and her pup, Lily. She loves to talk to her readers, so find her on social media and say hello!

Comments

15 Comments
  1. posted by
    adriana
    Nov 14, 2017 Reply

    This looks so good! This is my favorite thing to make for parties and get togethers, so fun and SO yummy!! I love your tips, this really does look amazing!

    • posted by
      Mila
      Nov 15, 2017 Reply

      Thank you! I find that it makes me look like a fancy pants, without a whole lot of work! I also love that it appeals to so many palates!

  2. posted by
    Olivia
    Nov 14, 2017 Reply

    Yaaas! Cheese boards are amazing! Yours looks delicious
    -Olivia
    http://www.missoliviasays.com

    • posted by
      Mila
      Nov 15, 2017 Reply

      I so agree! If I could do a cheese board every day, I totally would!

  3. posted by
    Chevelle
    Nov 14, 2017 Reply

    I love the idea of having a theme and experimenting a bit. I tend to be so boring when I create these! Thank you for sharing

    • posted by
      Mila
      Nov 15, 2017 Reply

      That always helps me come up with something new. I try to think of a country, or a region to emulate. Sometimes I just go with what pairs best with the wine around me. The best part about these is that you can’t go wrong!

  4. posted by
    hanna – platforms and pacifiers
    Nov 15, 2017 Reply

    This looks really great!! We have a friend who ALWAYS makes BOMB Charcuterie Boards, she like seriously is magical at it!! That fried chicken one sounds great to me!

    • posted by
      Mila
      Nov 15, 2017 Reply

      I need her recipes! It’s such a gift to be able to throw something together that a bunch of people can enjoy.

  5. posted by
    Julie Hood
    Nov 15, 2017 Reply

    This is such a cute idea and I’m definitely going to have to try this for my friend’s 27th bday this Sunday (that I’m probabbblyyyy hosting)

    • posted by
      Mila
      Nov 15, 2017 Reply

      Do it, Julie! You’ll be surprised at how easy it is, and if you want to jazz it up, you can make little signs to label everything on your board, or use little trinkets as embellishments. If you do it, I would love to see your board!

  6. posted by
    Bridgette
    Nov 15, 2017 Reply

    I tried to impress my NYE date.. I’m a little different so instead of traditional meats I included these firecracker chicken meatballs and boudain balls.. 3 cheeses, green grapes and wine on the side.. he ate it all. Lol

    http://Www.bnbites.com

    • posted by
      Mila
      Nov 15, 2017 Reply

      I think your New Year’s date may have had the best snacks of all time! Your board sounds AMAZING!

  7. posted by
    Shannon | Mom Without Labels
    Nov 15, 2017 Reply

    I’m definitely not an amazing hostess either so I love these tips! Thanks girl!

  8. posted by
    val
    Nov 16, 2017 Reply

    Great tips! Love me a good charcuterie board!

    • posted by
      Mila
      Nov 17, 2017 Reply

      SAME! Give me a good charcuterie board anytime, and I’m a happy woman!

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