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The Art of a Charcuterie Board

How you can make beautiful boards for any of your upcoming events

Crafting a stunning charcuterie board is an art form that blends flavors, textures, and visual appeal into a culinary masterpiece. Local board artist Del Salisbury of DelChuterie shares some must-know tips.  When making your charcuterie board, the 3 3 3 rule helps you along: select 3 meats, 3 cheeses, and 3 accompaniments. Depending on the size of your board, you can do less or more, allowing for adjustments to include fewer or more elements as needed. Whether you're hosting a casual gathering or an elegant soirée, a well-crafted charcuterie board is a delightful centerpiece that invites guests to indulge in a symphony of savory delights.

Choose a variety of meats that are easy to eat with your fingers.
examples include Salami, Peperoni, Prosciutto, Soppressata, Mortadella.

Buy a variety of cheeses that range from mellow to sharp in
flavor. Don’t get scared to experiment. Slice them into different
shapes; Rustic chunks, cubes, triangles, wedges or use a cookie
cutter to make fun shapes or letters.  Include a variety of hard / semi hard cheeses like
Manchego, Aged Cheddar, Gouda and soft / semi soft cheeses
like brie, goat cheese, havarti or blue cheese.

BREAD & CRACKERS: At least 1 cracker per slice of meat
Crostini, water crackers, grain crackers, or thin slices of toasted
baguettes are perfect for spreading and scooping!

Fresh fruit like grapes, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries,
blackberries or even pear or apple slices add color and
freshness. Dried apricots or dried mandarins are sweet and add
a different texture. Nuts should be shelled and salted.

Add something sweet, such as pepper jelly, fig jam (you
can use any jam that you prefer), or a little bit of honey (spicy
honey). Add a few chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate truffles to
satisfy a sweet tooth!

Small bowls of black, green, and kalamata olives, cornichons
(baby dill pickles), banana peppers, or other pickled vegetables
and cranberry relish, some whole grain mustard, tapenade,
pepper/eggplant spread, hummus, artichoke dip, cream cheese

How to put together the Board:

There is no wrong way, have fun and get creative and don’t be
scared to arrange the ingredients in any interesting way that
inspires you.

Some things to remember: Cut fruit will deteriorate more
quickly; Nuts can get rancid in the fridge; Best to enjoy your
board within 1-2 days of making it.

Don’t Forget the Wine!!!