Charcuterie platters have really come into their own with every combination imaginable being presented together. It's always appreciated when the Charcuterie tray goes a step beyond with items like duck confit and Boucheron cheese on them, but when the vegetables take center stage, everyone takes notice.
Adding pickled vegetables to your tray is on trend today with a variety of choices at your disposal. Just about any vegetable you can imagine can be purchased pickled. Try pickling okra, red onions, beets, radishes, red peppers and green onions for something out of the ordinary. Of course, no one is going to be disappointed if they see a tasty gherkin in the mix. Pickling is a fun art to learn in the kitchen and can help you preserve your favorite garden treats, too.
Olives are a classic Charcuterie tray component. Try a mixture of Greek-style black olives, Kalamata olives and Spanish-style olives on your platter. The brininess of the olives call for a buttery Chardonnay and a chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Blanch green beans and asparagus for a clean balance and brightness to the tray. Crisp snow peas with a grain mustard for dipping is an unexpected delight. Drizzle honey on the asparagus, and if you are so inclined, wrap it in a healthy bit of prosciutto. Grilled artichokes are a crowd-pleaser. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on them just before you serve the platter.
Slice a few baguettes and call a few friends over. Share a special vegetable-only Charcuterie with a vegetarian or vegan friend. They will appreciate the invite and attention to their dietary preferences. Start the weekend out right with one of these easy but sophisticated options!