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How To Build The Perfect Charcuterie Board

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At your next dinner party, stimulate l’appetito with an Italian-inspired appetizer plate.

1. First, choose your meats:

  • Include a variety of flavors and textures like spicy salami, paper-thin  Mortadella, and ultra gourmet Speck.
  • For tasty bread or cracker toppings, include sliced sausages like Italian herb and black pepper flavor.

2. Select Gourmet Cheeses:

  • Choose a variety of pre-sliced cheeses like Swiss and Cheddar.
  • Soft varieties like herbed goat cheese are excellent for spreading on toast points.

3. Bread and Crackers:

  • Toast points are ideal for stacking with slices of cheese and cured meat.
  • Include an assortment of crackers like whole grain, water crackers, and crostini.
  • A sliced baguette is perfect for piling with cured meat and cheese.

Fun fact: Charcuterie is the art of meat curing techniques that produce salami, prosciutto, and the like.

4. Fresh Fruit

  • Give your antipasto platter an enticing splash of color with raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries in a small bowl.
  • The sweet flavor of sliced figs help balance the rich brininess of cured meats.

5. Palate-Cleansing Crudité

  • Place fresh vegetables like sliced cucumbers, carrots, and celery in a bowl.
  • Serve with a small dipping bowl of ranch or bleu cheese dressing.

6. Sauces and Spreads

  • Enhance crusty baguette slices with an olive oil dipping sauce seasoned with Italian herbs, minced garlic, and spices.
  • Include Castelvetrano olive salad in a small bowl to add a delicious zest to bread slices.

7. Tasty finger foods

  • Place in small bowls for irresistible table snacks:
  • a. Castelvetrano olives
  • b. Mixed nuts

Pro Tip: Fill in any open spaces with salami slices placed artfully on the platter.

Creating a professional looking charcuterie board is a snap, especially when you choose a variety of premium quality items that are made in Italy. Bon appetito! 

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