As the charcuterie craze continues to sweep the nation, foodies are consuming these popular platters at gourmet restaurants and making it in their own kitchens. Charcuterie is a name for any kind of processed meat that has been dried, salted, fermented or smoked and is typically served on a platter with artisan cheeses and other finger foods like dried fruits, nuts or pates.
Here is our list of some of America’s best charcuterie:
Fra’mani Handcrafted Foods Located in the San Francisco Bay area, Fra’mani Handcrafted Foods was awarded a 2014 Good Foods Award for their Salame Calebrese, salami that gets its kick from paprika and cayenne pepper. Critics said it was heavy and meaty, and the hint of red pepper made it a clear-cut winner.
Olli Salumeria Bonappetite.com calls the charcuterie from Olli Salumeria in Manakin, Virginia some of the best cured meat in American for their mix of flavors and textures.
Chop Butchery & Charcuterie This eatery in Portland, Oregon has been praised for its charcuterie, which is made in-house with recipes that have been perfected with years of diligence. They make different versions of pancetta, smoke their own bacon and customers rave over their beef jerky!
Aux Delices des Bois Famed for outstanding flavor, texture, tenderness and high quality ingredients, Aux Delicies des Bois regulars rave over the chorizo, uncured fennel salami, hot sopressata and pancetta.
La Quercia Born out of Herb and Kathy Eckhouse’s garage, this couple was inspired by their stay in Italy to preserve their own meats. They make all their own charcuterie, from prosciutto and pancetta to coppa. Located in Norwalk, Iowa, they chose this location because Iowa is the largest producer of Pork in the United States. This couple sells their meats in their restaurant plus The Cheese Shop of Des Moines and Gateway Market.