Do you Charcuterie?
If you know, you know. If you don’t, well, you should!
If the word “charcuterie” doesn’t have special meaning in your life, you might be missing out. What began as a French tradition has quickly become mainstream dining fare and a favorite alternative to ordinary dinner prep for family and friends. Technically, charcuterie (pronounced shahr-ku-tuh-ree) is “the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and meat products.” Yes, it’s defined as “art,” but don’t be intimidated. A charcuterie is really just the assembly of meats, cheeses, breads, olives, fruit, and nuts on a serving board.
What could be simpler, right?
It’s the perfect way to enjoy watching a sunset at the ranch, feeding a large crowd for a family gathering, or just hanging out and watching a movie after a long day of work.
The fun in putting together a charcuterie board is making it what you want it to be. In fact, the easiest way to approach the creation of a great charcuterie board is to assemble all the things you love.
For instance, we’re big fans of black pepper dry salami and Cajun lunchmeat turkey. Naturally, both find their way to every board we make. And this is the perfect place to feature your farm-grown grape tomatoes and sweet-and-sour pickles, or farm-fresh ham or bacon.
The goal is to assemble a good assortment of textures and flavors, but in the end, pretty much anything you love makes a great addition to a charcuterie board. While you have hundreds of choices, many of which you may already grow on the farm, here are a few of our tried-and-true favorites that are always great options:
- pears (high marks!)
- cherry tomatoes
- small pickles
- crackers (the fancy kind work best)
- cheddar cheese
- pepper jack cheese
- smoked gouda
- all flavors of goat cheese or chevre
- brie (highly recommend!)
- any kind of hard cheese
- prosciutto (the fancy Italian-style ham)
- beef jerky
- summer sausage
Pro tip: Add a couple of jellies and jams to give it the final perfect touch. We highly recommend red pepper jelly and fig jelly – you won’t be disappointed! When you have mastered the basic charcuterie board, and you want to be a bit more daring, try your hand at a dessert board, breakfast board, kid-friendly board, Christmas board, or even a s’mores board.
Let your imagination lead the way.
Bottom line, a charcuterie board is whatever foods make you happy – served all at once (Or a very good way to clean out the fridge at the end of the week and still eat in style)!
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