It seems as though charcuterie boards are all the rage lately. What is a charcuterie board and how the heck do you even pronounce it? Charcuterie is the art of displaying and assembling cured meats. However, charcuterie boards commonly include, cheese, nuts, fruit, and spreads.
Charcuterie, pronounced, shar-coo-te’-ree, is a french word meaning pork butcher shop. Modern charcuterie boards use other kinds of meat and foods.
Today is one of my son’s birthday and also New Years Eve, so we are going to have a charcuterie board with turkey, cranberry chutney, cheese, pastrami, sauerkraut, sliced brown bread, smoke sausage, spicy mustard, peperoncinis, pickles, summer sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella balls, and more. Totally non traditional.
How to Make a Delicious Charcuterie Board
First I’m going to set out my dips and bowls. I have spicy mustard, sauerkraut, peperoncini’s and pickles, mozzarella balls, and cranberry chutney. I will build around these dips with the associated meats.
Around the sauerkraut I will build the pastrami, salami, sourdough brown bread, and Swiss cheese. This is going to be the Reuben sandwich section. I will build on this section with the spicy mustard and rye bread.
The next section will be the smoked sausage with pepperoni. With the smoked sausage will be summer sausage and provolone cheese. I will build on the pepperoni and summer sausage and add some crackers. On a side note, I have a friend who makes delicious sourdough crackers here is a link if you would like to give it a try.
The last section will be rolled turkey with mozzarella cheese and butter crackers. This section will be built around cranberry chutney.
Now that the board is roughly assembled I will fill in the gaps with grapes, some mixed nuts and tomatoes. I have some beautiful Mexican lavender sprigs and dried oranges I will decorate with. Now you know how to make a delicious charcuterie board. Let your creativity run wild!!
If you liked this recipe you might also like to try homemade queso.
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