Have you ever seen a beautiful charcuterie board and wondered how to make your own? You may have seen one on Pinterest or enjoyed one at your favorite restaurant that makes you want to make your own cheese and charcuterie board at home. You absolutely can assemble a charcuterie board yourself.
Make Your Own Charcuterie Board at Home
First, you must shop for all the cheeses, meats and accompaniments to build your own charcuterie board. Following our guide below will help you buy the necessary ingredients and assemble your cheese and. meat board.
Step 1: Choose a Wooden Board or Serving Platter
Pick a sturdy and beautiful board, serving platter or plate large enough to accommodate all your cheeses, meats and accompaniments. Any material will work, such as wood or ceramic. A rectangle or square-shaped tray or board usually fits charcuterie and tiny cups or serving bowls the best, but any shape can work if your serving platter isn’t overcrowded.
Step 2: Select the Cheese
The unspoken charcuterie board rule is to include three to five cheeses making sure to offer a variety of hard, soft and blue cheeses. If you can choose between grocery store cheese and farmer’s market cheese, buy locally made, high-quality options instead of mass-produced cheeses. If you aren’t sure what cheese to buy, ask the salesperson for pairing recommendations.
Step 3: Choose the Meats
Try to offer a few types of meat that people are familiar with and a unique option or two. Select a few varieties of thinly sliced cured meats such as pancetta, salami, prosciutto and soppressata. To make them easy to grab, lay them flat or arrange them loosely rolled. You may even consider including spreadable meats like chicken or duck liver pâté.
Step 4: Pick Your Accompiants
You’ll want to include some starch in the form of crackers, breadsticks or bread, especially if your board has spreadable meats, cheeses or jams. You can add fresh and dried fruits, veggies, herbs, jams and jellies along with your meat and cheese selections. Farm fresh is best, but if that isn’t practical for you, store-bought is just fine.
Step 4: Carefully Arrange Your Grazing Board
To build your masterpiece, place containers of dips, spreads, and finger foods like olives or nuts on the tray first. Then arrange your meats and cheeses evenly around the board without overcrowding. Next, add crackers or bread slices between them that fall over because they don’t need to be stacked or lined up perfectly. Lastly, fill the empty spaces with cut-up fruits, veggies and herbs. Add a few cheese knives, and your board is complete!
Easiest Way To Get a Charcuterie and Cheese Board
If you're busy and don’t have time to shop for a long list of products to build your platter, don’t worry! Boarderie offers a selection of stunningly arranged, ready-to-serve gourmet charcuterie and cheese boards. We also have cheese-only boards. Simply order a cheese and charcuterie board online and have it shipped nationwide.
No matter which Boarderie product you choose, we know you’ll love our high-quality meats and cheeses packaged fresh, chilled and ready to enjoy with your loved one.