Are you having a dinner party, but you’re not sure what type of hors d’ oeuvres to serve to your guests? We’re here to help you create the most appealing and game-changing charcuterie board to take your guests by storm.
It’s the perfect mix of cheeses, fruit, and more that’s sure to make a statement. Whether you’re looking for some simple charcuterie board ideas or something more complex, we’ve got your how-to guide below.
Choose the Right Board
Think of the board you place all your charcuterie items on as the vessel or main stage for everything. You’ll want to ensure the board you choose is the right shape and is big enough to hold everything you want to place on it.
Another thing to think about is the spoons and knives you want to place near the board for guests to use. Everything should work together to further push the overall aesthetic of your dinner party.
Another reason to think about the type of board you use is that you’ll want to consider how close or far apart you want to place your cheeses, meats, and fruits.
What Goes on the Board?
Now that you’ve selected the right board for your dinner party, it’s time to think about what you’re going to put on it. As we’ve mentioned a couple of times, typically there is meat, cheeses, and fruits on the charcuterie board.
Keep in mind whatever you place on your board is completely up to you. One of the first things that should go on your board is cured meat, so things like:
Once you’ve chosen the meats you wish to place on the board, the next thing to consider are your cheese selections. You can always check out the healthiest deli meat here.
The wonderful thing about cheese is there are many types and tastes you can choose from.
If you’re into jams and jellies, we recommend choosing a few of your favorites and using them for your board. Don’t forget to add some easy-to-eat fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries.
Next, you’ll need crackers or fresh bread to serve as the carrying vessel for all the components on the board.
Make the Arrangement
To begin arranging your charcuterie board, use the dishes or bowls you collected first and place things like olives or nuts in them. Once you’ve figured out where you want to place them on the board, the next thing to do is add the meats and cheese.
We recommend slicing your cheeses and placing them carefully on the board, then filling open space with your meats. Now on to the crackers or bread you’ve selected for the board.
Don’t create large piles of them; it’s best to keep them small. Lastly, add your fruit and herbs for some greenery to the board.
Building a Charcuterie Board 101
If this is your first time building a charcuterie board for your dinner party, we’ve created the perfect guide above. First things first, think about everything you’re placing on the board and then move on to assembly.
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