So you’re looking to impress your guests with a charcuterie spread, but don’t know where to start? Worry not, mon ami, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve listed all of the essentials you’ll need to make the perfect charcuterie plate.
Charcuterie starts with the meat.
Fortunately, you can find many of the meats you need at the deli at your local supermarket, but you’ll probably find higher quality meats if you go to a deli that specializes in imported meats. Start with fresh sausages, such as chorizo, andouillettes, or pork or duck saucisse, and spring for plenty of sliced cured meats, such as prosciutto and salami.
The idea is to offer a blend of spicy and sweet meats that will satisfy every part of the palate. And don’t be afraid to ask the butcher for his recommendations.
Say cheese The key to cheeses is to offer both soft and sharp cheeses that will complement the hearty flavors of the meats. For your first charcuterie plate, you can’t go wrong with gorgonzola, pecorino de vino, bleu d’auvergne, manchego, or even mozzarella
Don’t forget the pate Pates such as pate de Campagne or mousse pate are staples for most charcuterie plates. You can even make your own pate, like chicken liver pate or country pate.
Carbs Fresh, thinly sliced baguette is the preferred bread for charcuterie, but gourmet crackers can make an excellent substitution if fresh baguette is unavailable.
Condiments and pickles No charcuterie plate is complete without the right condiments. Items like spicy seeded mustard, cauliflower relish, pickled onions, olives, and red pepper jelly add that signature “zing” to the sweet and smoky flavors of your meats.
Preparing a charcuterie plate is as simple as that!
For more tips and information on the art of charcuterie, please visit www.charcuteriestyle.com