Ashley and Casey from Board In Aiken are best friends who started making charcuterie boards together over the holidays two years ago. They were taking the boards they made to family get-togethers and they were a huge hit! Friends started asking Ashley and Casey to make charcuterie boards for them and their new business was born.
Ashley and Casey shared with us this guide on how to make your own charcuterie board this holiday season! There is no wrong way to make a charcuterie board, just fill it with foods you love and it’s sure to be amazing! Ashley's favorite pairing are brie and honey on crackers or a baguette and Casey’s favorite pairing is peppered salami with cucumbers.
How to build the perfect Charcuterie Board
Step 1) Board The best thing about charcuterie boards is that there are no rules! A wood board or metal tray are perfect choices for your charcuterie board.
Step 2) Meat Salamis, Coppa, and Prosciutto are great choices of meat for a charcuterie board.
Step 3) Cheese Popular choices for cheese are cheddar, brie, and gouda.
Step 4) Fresh Fruits and Veggies Including fresh fruit and veggies such as strawberries, grapes, carrots, cucumbers, and celery will bring a pop of color to your charcuterie board!
Step 5) Crackers and Bread Crackers and bread add stability to the food on your charcuterie board. Some great options for bread are naan and baguette.
Step 6) Jellies/Honey/Dipping Sauce Make sure you use honey or jellies to make a great flavor combination and include dipping sauces such as ranch for your veggies.
Step 7) Toppings Top off and fill empty spots in your charcuterie board with pistachios, almonds, olives, and dried apricots.
“Charcuterie is a French word and a lot of places that you go to, if you were to order charcuterie, it would be a plate of meat,” says Casey. “On our twist of a charcuterie board, you’re going to find a veggie and a dip component, fresh fruits, pickled items, crackers and/or bread, and of course all the meats and cheeses that your heart desires.”
“I think the perfect charcuterie board has a little bit of everything,” says Ashley. “One thing I really love about our boards is that you can take it to a party or tailgating and everybody’s going to be happy because everybody’s going to like something on the board.”
Ashley and Casey can make charcuterie boards for any type of occasion. They have Traditional Boards, Dessert Boards, Kid Boards, Brunch Boards, and Specialty Boards. They even offer a Combo Board which is their Traditional and Kid Boards combined, and the Half and Half Board is half Traditional and half Dessert.
Contact Ashley and Casey about making the perfect Charcuterie Board for you by visiting their website www.boardinaiken.com or by calling or texting 803-646-8630. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @boardinaiken.