Anytime you host an event in your home, the issue of food is going to arise. Depending on the type of event and the time of day, serving hors d’oeuvres may be appropriate, and for many, this means a professionally curated cheese board. But those who want to put their own spin on this pre-meal classic can also create their own. Here is how to put together a crowd-pleasing charcuterie board.
The best place to start when putting one together is with the cured meats responsible for giving charcuterie boards their name. Like many other options, the key to the right meat spread is changing the flavor profile and countering spicy with mild. It’s also important to provide options with various textures. Salami, pepperoni, and prosciutto are all popular selections.
Much like with meats, you ideally want to offer cheeses with different flavor profiles. Try to include at least four different varieties of cheese for the perfect charcuterie board. While there are different sets of “rules” for what styles to set out, it’s best to pick options you know people enjoy. Some of the many types to consider include popular selections like mozzarella, provolone, brie, and aged cheddar.
Another important ingredient in putting together a crowd-pleasing charcuterie board is the fruit selection. In this case, simple and familiar is better. Available favorites include strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and grapes.
You should also stay basic with your spreads. Hummus, mustard, and a selection of jams and jellies are often enough. Plus, you can probably find those items already in your refrigerator.
The final elements to consider are the crackers and breads you want to include on your board. When making your selections, remember that the primary reason to include these items is to get the other foods to your mouth. Options that have less flavor work best because they don’t overpower the other foods.
For more help putting together a cheese spread for your next get-together, stop into Vincent’s Meat Market or visit our online shop today. As the premier cheese shop on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx, we have just what you need to make your next charcuterie board.