Shop Charcuterie Style
In my town, I have found the selections to be limited, so I shop online for my meats, cheese, wine and even beer, it is really amazing what's out there.
Planning your platter
Take your time, Charcuterie is an art as much of a lifestyle. Ask yourself, who is coming to dinner. What do they like to eat?
Be creative be adventurous. It's fun!
Planning your Charcuterie platter can be challenging at first, but it gets easier the more times you do it. Ask yourself who is coming over to share the dinner. What do they like. What did you serve last time. Charcuterie is the art of pairing the right meat with the right cheese, wine, craft beer, sauces, spreads, vegetables and fruits. You can pick items from France, Italy, or from your local region to build your platter and meal. I even play traditional music from the country to add a bit of ambience. Oh yeah, don't forget the wine. Most of all have fun.
I find shopping to be an exciting part of executing my plans. More times than not I go to my local grocery store to purchase the items I need for my Charcuterie platters. Proportion is a key, I have found for a party of six - 4 to 6 oz. of each item is more than enough as long as
I have 8 to 12 different items on the platter. 4 meats, 4 cheeses, 4 vegetables. I include fruits and nuts to add texture and color. I found that citrus helps to cleans my pallet. Don't forget the fresh bread and most of all do not forget the wine.
This by far is the most fun for me. A well designed Charcuterie platter sets the stage for the party. The platter is the center of attention. It provides an excellent starting point for conversation. Having the right food items, detailing the arrangement, selections that taste great and pair well with each other hits the spot. Be creative. Express yourself!
Slicing the meats to the right thickness is important, I use a meat slicer I bought from Chef's. It does a great job for under $200. I buy my meats in bulk, and slice them as needed. This prevents the meats from drying out to quickly. Having a cheese slicer and the right knives is important as well. They need to be sharp to cut thin slices and shapes.
Creating a platter
After everything is cleaned, I imagine the platter with everything in place. I usually place the meats on the left, don't ask me why, it's just my style. The picture to the left shows just how creative you can be.
HOW TO BUILD a Charcuterie Board - A Guide
Sharing a Charcuterie experience is one of my favorite things to do.
I not only have this website, I have my Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages that I post regularly on. I hope you will follow us and share not only my experience but yours as well. Charcuterie has been around for centuries, I have been enjoying Charcuterie since
I was in high-school and do not see myself changing for any reason soon. I truly enjoy good times, good food, good wine and good friends.
I joined three wine clubs. Gold Medal Wine Club's Platinum Series sends me two bottles of 90+ rated wines, (usually both reds) every month. This gives me superb wines to share. Gold Medal Wine Club's Gold Series has very affordable wines and I can choose tnumber of bottles I want. The Gold Medal Wine Club's combo case selection is a great value. You can never have enough wine in the house.
Sharing your creation
Charcuterie dinning allows for you and your guest to enjoy a relaxed dinning experience. There is no need for each plate to be prepared. The food is great. The wine is fine and conversation is alive.
Pairing food with wine
Selecting the right wine to go with your Charcuterie Platter can be a challenge. Choosing the right varietal is a matter of taste. I always have different wines, I usually have bottles of both red and white wines.
Charcuterie is quickly becoming a term that every foody is talking about. Charcuterie is a art. Charcuterie is an experience. Charcuterie is a way of life that has been with us for centuries. Today Charcuterie Eateries are popping up in every major city around the globe. I found myself enjoying the Charcuterie Style of dining so much I wanted to share how to prepare and present the Charcuterie to all of my friends.