Include a Variety of Meats
Like your cheeses, you’ll need to consider taste and texture when choosing your charcuterie. Thinly-sliced Prosciutto is a staple choice for any charcuterie board – its salty, savory flavor pairs well with sweeter items like chèvre and apricots. You can also add some softer meats for spreading like pork rillettes or pate. Other common choices include salami, Spanish chorizo, and soppressata.
Because charcuterie plays such a large role in your board (it’s right there in the name), it’s important to choose meats of the highest quality. Before planning your board, pop into The Pantry to browse our selection of premium Boar’s Head products!
Fruits are a great way to add sweetness to all that salty flavor. Fresh fruits like figs, strawberries, apples, and pears are amazing additions to any board (especially when they’re in season). You may also include dried fruits like apricots or cranberries, which pair perfectly with nutty cheeses like Gruyere and Gouda.
Nuts are a great complement to your charcuterie board because they pair well with cheeses and add a nice crunch to your choices. Use your cheese selections to choose the right nuts – almonds go great with hard cheeses, pecans are perfect for brie, walnuts are wonderful with aged cheeses, and cashews have a creamy taste that combines well with blue cheese.
Choose a Variety of Bases
Crackers, bread, chips – you’ll want a variety of bases with which to build the perfect bite. A good blend of sturdy crackers is a classic choice and adding in a sliced baguette or bundle of breadsticks is a good way to achieve the right balance.