This past weekend the hubs and I stayed in on Saturday night and transported to France, right in our living room. We had Carla Bruni playing in the background, sipped on rosé and enjoyed a delicious charcuterie board we made together. Charcuterie boards are probably my favorite thing to order at restaurants where I’m drinking wine (and sometimes even when drinking a light beer too).
Today I’m sharing how to make a charcuterie board at home by following simple tips and a list of what to include on your board!
While you can create your board based on your heart and taste buds’ desires, we wanted to try our best to get the palette right and put flavors together that really compliment each other and the wine we chose. So here is my charcuterie board cheat sheet:
- Meat, choose 2-3
- Hard Salami, Tangy Sausage, Smoked Ham or Smoked Kielbasa, Thinly Sliced Prosciutto, Pepperoni or Chorizo, Shredded Pork.
- Vegetables, choose 1-2
- Olives, Asparagus, Pickles, Tomatoes
- Cheese, choose 3-4
- Soft Cheese such as Brie or La Tur (which is goat or sheep cheese), Crumbly Cheese like Blue or Mozzarella, Smoked Cheese liked Gouda or Cheddar, Firm Cheese like Gruyere or Parmesan
- Nuts, choose 1-2
- Pistachios, Almonds, Macadamian Nuts
- Spreads, choose 1-2
- Fig, Pear, Apricot, Mustard
- Bread, choose 2-3
- Mini Toasts, Baguette, Sesame Crackers, Skinny Cracker Breadsticks
- Fruits, choose 1-2
- Dried Pears, Dried Pineapples, Dates, Grapes
- Rosé, Prosecco, Lambrusco, Pinot Noir, Reisling, Albariño, Cava
You can pick and choose from the list above according to your taste preference, but there are a few tips to keep in mind to make sure your palette is perfectly balanced. Make sure to have at least one smoked ham and cheese, something acidic like mustard or grape tomatoes, one sharp cheese (which simply means the flavor is tangy and complex, like Cheddar or Provolone) and at least one type of nut for a good crunch and palette cleanser. I also like incorporating a really unique kind of cheese, like Bellavitano Espresso which combines Cheddar and Parmesan and is rubbed with freshly ground espresso. It’s delightful! And you can find it at most grocery stores.
I hope you enjoyed my tips on how to make a charcuterie board. It’s so fun and makes for a wonderful night in with your beau and/or friends!