Whether for easy entertaining, elevated snacking or a simple meal, learn how to make a charcuterie board! Get tips for the best cheese and charcuterie board, including cheeses, meats, and sweet and savory bites!
A soft and creamy cheesesuch as Brie, Camembert, or Goat cheese. (A fresh cheese, like burrata or mozzarella, is wonderful, too!)
A firm cheesesuch as a Parmigiano-Reggiano or Manchego.
An aged cheesesuch as lovely aged sharp Cheddar or Gruyere.
A blue cheesesuch as Gorgonzola, Roquefort, or Maytag Blue.
salami/sausagessuch as soppressata or coppa
ham such as prosciutto or jamón
Bread and Crackers
Honey or honeycomb
Dried fruitsuch as apricot and cranberry
Quicos (corn nuts)
Sugar snap peas
Begin building your board by selecting a trio of cheeses. I like to select three of the following: a soft creamy cheese, a firm cheese, an aged cheese, or a blue cheese. This is your foundation.
Add the charcuterie includes the whole umbrella of meat products from sausages and terrines to pates and confit. Mild ribbons of prosciutto or jamón (ham) are a great addition, as well as a selection of salami such as soppressata or coppa.
Arrange your sliced baguette, breadsticks, crackers or crisps.
Fill in the rest of the board with sweet bites, savory bites, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Optional (but nice to have) - dessert! Add some bites of good quality chocolate, nougat, cookies, or petit fours!