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How to Build a Charcuterie Board

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 -15 servings
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 oz cheese per person 4 oz per person if this is the only food served
  • 1-2 oz meat per person 3-4 per person if this is the only food served
  • one large board or flat platter or cookie sheet or sheet of slate make sure all are safe for food
  • Soft Cheese choose 2-3 types: Brie Camembert, Cambozola, Burrata, Bleu, Fontina, Goat, etc
  • Semi hard cheese choose 2-3 types: Gouda White Cheddar, Manchego, Gruyere, etc.
  • 1- spreadable cheese I purchased Boursin Garlic Cheese*
  • 1- 8 oz package mini mozzarella cheese balls Trader Joe's*
  • 4 oz Calabrese uncured Italian Salami with red pepper and paprika, Creminelli brand
  • 4 oz Felino uncured Italian Salami Creminelli
  • 5 oz Casalingo Mild Italian hard salami Creminelli
  • 1.5 lbs grapes a combination of red, green and black grapes, seedless*
  • 2-3 kiwi washed and sliced*
  • 2 persimmons washed and cut into slices*
  • 8 oz blueberries washed and drained
  • 16 oz strawberries washed and drained
  • 8 oz raspberries washed and drained
  • 1 8 ox package dark sweet cherries*
  • 1/2 lb baby cucumbers cut into 1/2 inch chunks*
  • 1/2 lb sugar snap peas washed*
  • 1 8 oz package baby beets cut into quarters*
  • 2 baguettes sliced
  • crackers 1 package
  • almonds dried and salted 1 lb*
  • seasoned cashews Thai Lime and Chili Cashew 1 lb used about 1/4 lb
  • additional suggestions:
  • preserves such as marmalade fruit spreads, honey, other jams, olives, small pickles (sweet and dill), mustards, sweet crackers.

Instructions

  1. Gather board, small bowls, appetizer forks, spreaders, etc.
  2. Clean the board or surfaces to be used and dry thoroughly.
  3. Wash and thoroughly drain any veggies and fruits being used. Gently pat dry.
  4. Unwrap any cheese and meat being used.
  5. Slice cheese and meat.
  6. Start at center of board and arrange items on board, Try to set contrasting colors and shapes together to create more visual interest.
  7. Replenish board as needed.

Recipe Notes

-Arrange the Charcuterie board about 30 minutes before serving, it will give the soft cheese time to come to room temperature, which makes for easier spreading.
-Little bowls, purchased at specialty stores, such as William Sonoma, Sur la Table, Target or Walmart are perfect for serving ingredients such as pickles, fresh mozzarella, beets and spreads. These items are better separated from other dry ingredients on the board.
-You may use a small piece of parchment or wax paper to protect your board from grease found in meats or cheeses.
-All of the * items were purchased at Trader Joe's