Spilling with meats, cheeses, artisan breads, olives, fruit and nuts, the charcuterie board offers something for everyone. Although it may seem daunting, you can create a show-stopping grazing board with little to no effort.
(1) Cheese & Things
Begin by placing bowls filled with jam and olives. Then put down cheeses with varying texture and sharpness for the widest flavor variety. Don’t be afraid to try something new like this blueberry vanilla goat cheese.
Choose high-quality, thinly-sliced meats with varying saltiness and spiciness like prosciutto and sopressata. Fold or roll the meat for the best presentation.
(3) Bread & Crackers
Next comes the carriers. Buy a variety of crackers, some sweet, some salty, some big and some small. Don’t forget a fresh, thinly-sliced baguette.
(4) Fresh Fruit
Choose any you’d like, but berries, apples and grapes are always a crowd pleaser. Don’t be afraid to slip a vegetable on your board, too, like these Persian cucumbers.
The perfect charcuterie board is all about presentation, but you can never go wrong with herbs, dried fruit, and nuts. Grab a drink (wine pairs best) and enjoy.
words, design & photo_keagan larkins.
This article was published in Distraction’s spring 2021 print issue.