Whether you’re hosting a dinner, bringing a dish, or looking to create the perfect wine and cheese pairing, a charcuterie board makes for a perfect addition. So if you’ve never made one before (or you’re just looking for new ideas), we’ve created a helpful guide and list of ideas, just for you.
A charcuterie (pronounced “shar – koo – tuh – ree”) board is an arranged spread of meats, cheeses, fruit, and nuts. Small seasonal decorations can also be added to the arrangement. Charcuterie boards often make excellent appetizers or wine pairings.
Looking for step-by-step directions on how to put together a charcuterie spread perfect for any occasion? First, start with finding your supplies.
Charcuterie spreads are typically served on a treated wooden serving board, but you can also make use of large ceramic plates, serving dishes, marble boards, or really anything that will give you enough space to create a spread and is also food-safe.
When you’re ready to purchase the foods and materials for your charcuterie board, keep the following classics in mind:
In addition to the food, you’ll need a few other supplies to create a show-stopping spread. These may include:
Creating an affordable charcuterie board comes down to just the basics: cheese, bread, and meats. Don’t feel pressured to purchase expensive, high-end versions of these foods, either. Simply paying attention to what meats and cheeses work well with each other, and with your wine, is enough. Additionally, take care not to over stock on charcuterie fixings to help keep your budget reasonable.
One of the most important pairings to a charcuterie board is the wine you choose. Make sure you take wine tasting notes into account when finding the right pairings for your charcuterie board, as these will often lend better insight into what flavor profiles will work best. Below are a few suggestions of Ridge wines that pair well with a charcuterie board.
Before you start building your charcuterie board, we have a few final tips to help you out:
This board is a great example on how arranging a simple set of charcuterie ingredients can create a beautiful spread. Using only some sliced bread, fruit, almonds, jam, and cubed cheese, this plate looks like the perfect addition to an afternoon wine tasting.
Looking for something a little more unique for your charcuterie design? Consider the following examples: