Charcuterie boards are all the rage lately, as you may have noticed. They are not only all over your Facebook feeds but can also be found on most restaurant menus and even at your boss' work party. So, what is a charcuterie board? And why do I need it in my life?
“Char-cute-eerie” … “Char cuchi” … How do I say it?
We should start by learning how to say the word charcuterie. It's funny how people pronounce it in their own way. Honestly, I don't blame them... it's an odd-looking word. The word charcuterie is pronounced, "shaar-coo-ter-ree." Don't be intimidated by the fancy French word because charcuterie boards are a lot of fun to make.
So… what is charcuterie?
Charcuterie boards are not new at all... In fact, they have been around for quite some time! Charcuterie is the French term for the culinary art of selling and preparing meat products, such as ham, sausages, and salami. Today, a charcuterie board typically consists of meats, cheeses, and other treats arranged on a wooden or stone board.Charcuterie boards can be customized to suit any occasion and taste, and they can be made in whatever size you prefer. They're easy to make, fun to eat, and they feel indulgent. However, they are always meant to be seen or used as a celebration. You can fill them with deli meats from your local grocery store, cheese from a local cheese shop, and anything in between!
Okay, now what should I put on my charcuterie board?
A charcuterie board can be made with anything, but it is typically associated with cheese and meat. Choosing a variety of cheeses is an excellent place to start. It is recommended to include both hard cheese like applewood smoked cheddar, and soft cheese like brie. Next, add cured and sliced deli meats such as ham and salami to your board. Slices can be arranged flat or in loose rolls. Adding crackers and baguette slices to your board is a good idea. Simply eat them on their own or top them with the meat and cheese you've served. Lastly, you can fill any empty spaces on your board with nuts, fresh fruit, and jam or spreads.
Here are some recommendations for cheeses you can buy at your local grocery store if you decide to make a board at home:
What makes charcuterie boards so popular?
During the pandemic, charcuterie boards became quite popular. They are a quick snack and can be enjoyed by the entire family. Charcuterie boards are often viewed as a “special treat,” as they can be beautifully dressed up on a platter and are usually served at special events. Regardless of the occasion, they are perfect for everyone because they can be easily customized. Additionally, charcuterie boards can be made beautifully, making them perfect for Instagram!
I get the craze, but when should I make them?The great thing about charcuterie boards is that they can be used for any purpose you desire. You can serve them quite simply or dress them up with fresh fruit and artisan cheese. Charcuterie boards can be budget-friendly when you use smaller plates, or they can be extra fancy like one of our Grazing Tables. If you're looking for a quick snack to share with your boo or want to order one for your mom's 45th birthday party, charcuterie boards are always a good choice.
Hopefully, you enjoyed learning a bit about charcuterie boards and why we love them! Don't forget to check out our shop and order a Grazing Table for your next party: https://www.thegrazingtablekw.ca/products/grazing-tables.