I’ve gotten several calls lately asking for a quick but satisfying appetizer. Something that is quick to put together and with no prep time. My answer each time? A Charcuterie and Cheese Board.
Charcuterie is just a fancy way of saying meats. It is French and translates as pork meats but can really be any that you choose.
This is my go-to for almost every gathering we have at my home. So many of these things you can keep on hand for last minute guests, a crowd pleaser for Sunday football games or an easy dinner for those oh-so-busy school nights.
I first saw this board at a friends home. I was immediately obsessed and went the very next day to purchase my own. I LOVE so much! I recently packed it and our Yeti Hopper filled with meats and cheese for a girls trip. I volunteered to be in charge of the appetizer just so I could use this board.
My guide for a good Charcuterie and Cheese Board:
Choose a variety of meats. Both soft and more dense. Spicy and salty. I used pepper crusted hard salami and proscuitto for this one. I’ve also used an Herbs d’Provence crusted salami as well.
Choose cheeses with flavor and texture. I typically choose a Stilton with a fruit like apricot or cherry, a soft goat cheese, smoked gouda and my favorite, a Spanish goat cheese, Manchego.
Add salty items like olives and pickles.
Include a few fruits like sliced apples and figs when in season.
The piece d’resistance is a fig jam. I love to spread a bit on a slice of Manchego and top with proscuitto.
For this board, I picked up some prosciutto wrapped mozzarella for a fun, time-saving element. These and other items for this board were purchased at Trader Joe’s. I served it with two of my favorite wines, Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc and their Cabernet Sauvingon.
Photos: Mary Summers-Hafner
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