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Tips for assembling a fun, fulfilling charcuterie board

Carly Stone
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Posted 12/23/22

Charcuterie boards are a trending food craze that’s not only great for the holiday season, but also for the winter months when activity slows down and food creativity can flourish.

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Tips for assembling a fun, fulfilling charcuterie board

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Charcuterie boards are a trending food craze that’s not only great for the holiday season, but also for the winter months when activity slows down and food creativity can flourish.

Their endless variety — commonly including meats, cheeses, nuts, and crackers — and accessibility to any level of expertise make them the perfect go-to appetizer or meal for any party or snow-day stuck inside.

Here are three tips to help make your charcuterie boards the best of the best.

Get the right quantities

At the most basic level, a charcuterie board is a sampling of different foods served openly on a board, typically eaten by hand. Charcuterie boards can also be thought of as snack or grazing boards.

Their nature is to provide complementary pairings to make eating fun. Pay attention to your portions when shopping for and assembling your board. Five different cheeses smothering your board with a small stack of crackers might not be ideal. Consider what may commonly be eaten together and ensure there’s enough to go around.

Stacking and spreading

Charcuterie board arrangement is like creating a contour map. There can be peaks and valleys and all sorts of formations. When laying out your ingredients, consider their ability to be stacked, scattered, and manipulated. A row of sliced meat could be folded on top of eachother to create a beautiful ribbon-pattern. Carrot sticks could be arranged in a sort of pyramid. Experiment with your board’s elevation and the ways your ingredients can be grouped together in unique visual ways.

Have fun with it

If you aren’t having fun with your charcuterie board, you’re doing it wrong. You can keep it simple or go all-out. You can spend a lot or quite little. A Mcdonald’s-based board is just as legitimate as one consisting of foods from the finest delicatessen.

To mix things up, try incorporating fun shapes into your ingredients, like with cookie cutters, and add color variety, like with herbs or fruit.

Your board is a canvas. And in this delicious art, truly anything goes. Have fun.

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