A well-assembled charcuterie display is one of the most fun and engaging ways to enjoy appetizers. A sturdy board laden with cured and prepared meats, cheeses, fruits and preserves, and crusty breads, allows one to customize the eating experience according to their liking, and unchains one’s inner artist as they experiment with varying ingredient combinations.
Skillful charcuterie boards don’t just happen, however; they are the product of innumerable considerations that must be taken into account before the foods come together. Decisions over facets like choice of meats, cheeses, jams, and so forth must be made, as well as things that might not immediately spring to mind when prepping a menu: What size board to use? Are you throwing down breads, crackers, or both? Do you roll with soft or hard cheeses? Or semi-soft, or some combination of the three? What cheeses, meats, and spreads best complement one another? How many ounces per person do you aim to have on hand?
Relax. A guide to all these and many other considerations exists, and it’s worth keeping close at hand the next time you start planning to host an event.
You can explore the entire guide here for helpful tips on various ingredient types and what each one brings to the table. Helpful information on meats, cheeses and accompaniments, as well as the unique flavor characteristics of each entry await in a quick-read pictorial format that makes a valuable reference that is sure to prove its worth the very next time you entertain and make you glad you got on board.
This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.