Purchasing Charcuterie items
Specialty deli shops and local supermarkets are a great source for all the platter ingredients. You may purchase the ingredients as sliced-to-order from the deli department or as pre-sliced/shaved hams and dry cured sausages available in vacuum sealed packages. We also suggest joining different monthly clubs to find an array of different meats, cheeses, wines and even craft beers delivered to your door.
Start with good quality ingredients
Select fresh olives from the olive bar.
Choose artisan or rustic crackers and breads.
Offer sturdy crackers that will stand up to the weight of sausages and meats.
Select a quality Dijon and/or stone ground mustard for a bolder taste.
Present the crunch of roasted Marcona almonds, walnuts or roasted and salted pistachios as an added garnish.
How textures add to the taste
Select foods with a variety of textures. Along with firm textured sausages consider a nicely seasoned pâté you can prepare easily. There are a number of soft textured pâtés, terrines and mousses that will provide a texture contrast. Crusty baguettes, artisan breads and crackers also add to a variety of textures.
Having different flavors are a treat
Offer several flavors on the platter. The smoky, spicy and salty flavors of sausages and cured meats work well with the buttery smooth flavors of soft and semi-firm cheeses and the acidity from pickles or cornichons.
Presenting colors on your platter
Present several colors on the platter. Pair fresh green olives and/or cornichons with the dark cured meats. The various yellow hues from cheese selections is a great contrast to the dark sausage tones.
Include a variety of shapes:
The more shapes on the platter the better. Fold some of the paper thin sliced sausages into quarters, form a small triangle. Roll a sausage slices into cylinders. Slice cheeses into wedges or rectangular strips. Add a selection of crackers that are rectangles, hexagons or squares to the mix.
Wrap and refrigerate Charcuterie leftovers
Be sure to wrap any leftovers and return them to the refrigerator. All products in the cooked sausages category must be refrigerated.
Even though some of the platter ingredients are cured meats, refrigeration is best once the package is opened and meats are sliced.
CHARCUTERIE Board Ideas & Pictures
Explore the world of Charcuterie at home. Get inspired with meat and cheese trays, breads, terrines, and more.
See our tips below that offer you guidance in the selection of cured sausages, meats, pâtés cheeses and wine so your charcuterie platter will be an enticing display of textures, flavors, colors and shapes. Replace the menu at your next cocktail party with a gourmet cured meat and cheese platter? It might just be possible to enjoy your own party when serving an easy-to-prepare charcuterie.