Traditional charcuterie includes tried and true recipes served on a wooden board. However, if traditional is just not your style, check out these modern spins on the traditional board and trendy style options for the modern charcuterie-lover.
A traditional wooden board or even a wooden plank board are simple and effective, but mirrored platters play into a variety of interior-designs, including minimalist décor, metallic themes and modern monochromatic color pallets. Also try a tray with separate compartments for dips and sauces.
If you’ve ever been to an upscale restaurant, you know that the portion sizes are not like those at chain or fast food restaurants. Smaller portions enhance elegance and create contrast on the plate. Smaller portions also tell your guests that you chose high-quality ingredients that may have been a little more expensive and also give you the chance to taste a little bit of everything without feeling overly full.
Another way to spruce up your charcuterie platter is by trying new cuts for your meats. Traditional charcuterie is thinly sliced and rolled on the platter, but you can add visual interest by creating interesting shapes and spirals.
One of the best ways to break from tradition is by trying new recipes! While you may have perfected your cured chorizo, cheddar cheese and French bread, branch out for modern style. Incorporate hip new ingredients like superfoods, chocolate, coffee, Nutella or artisan pizza or stretch your charcuterie muscles by curing your own meats for the first time.