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The Perfect Charcuterie Board

A variety of cheeses and cured meats come together with complementary spreads, jams, fruit, and more in the perfect charcuterie board.
Prep Time45 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Servings: 10

Ingredients

Cured meats

  • 4 ounces Genoa salami
  • 3 ounces prosciutto
  • 3 ounces bresaola
  • 6 ounces hard soppressata

Cheese

  • 8 ounces brie cheese round
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cut into chunks
  • 8 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 8 ounces blue cheese

Bread and crackers

  • 1 baguette sliced and toasted
  • 8 ounces wafer crackers
  • 8 ounces sesame bread sticks

Nuts and chocolate

  • 6 ounces pistachio nuts
  • 6 ounces candied pecans
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate cut into pieces

Jams and condiments

  • 6 ounces honey
  • 6 ounces fig jam
  • 8 ounces cornichon pickles
  • 1 cup assorted olives

Fruit

  • 12 ounces green grapes
  • 12 ounces red grapes
  • 1 pear sliced
  • 12 ounces assorted berries

Garnish

  • 4 sprigs rosemary optional
  • 1 handful nuts in their shell optional

Instructions

  • Use the amounts as a general guideline since the size of your board will dictate how much you can fit. A large board (at least 12x18") is recommended.
  • Slice 1/3 of the baguette and lightly brush with olive oil. Toast the pieces for a few minutes. Arrange the toasted pieces and whole baguette in the center of the board as the centerpiece.
  • Place olives, jams, pickles, and honey into small bowls or dishes so that they don't leak onto the ingredients and board. Slice at least half of the hard cheeses to make it easier for your guests.
  • Place the brie cheese next to the fig jam and pears. Form the prosciutto into flower shapes, fold or roll the salami and bresaola to give height, and arrange them in sections on all sides of the board. The remaining ingredients can be spread around the baguette centerpiece on both sides.
  • Place cutters and spreading tools around the board so that it is easy for guests to serve themselves.
  • To make the board more festive garnish with rosemary or other herbs. Enjoy!

Notes

  • There is no right or wrong for your charcuterie board.  Use the best quality ingredients you can find while focusing on a variety of meats, cheeses, breads, and condiments.
  • Set up the board right before your guests arrive so that is at peak freshness and looks amazing.