Charcuterie boards have became a great option for parties over the last few years. From sweet charcuterie boards to savory boards. BUT, they have become so much easier with Disposable Charcuterie Boards!
The best part of serving charcuterie boards is that you can now serve them on a disposable charcuterie board. There is no wrong way to use these boards, but it will make your next party, baby shower or bridal shower so much easier! Serve and toss them into the trash.
However, the best boards are the ones that you make and give away to the special people in your life!
And whether your charcuterie platter is for your best friend or for a large event, it may take a little bit of planning for the perfect board. But, it will be a great appetizer or even a main course!
Before, I tell you my top meats, cheeses, jams and condiments for a charcuterie board, let’s understand what a charcuterie board is.
The hardest part for me is pronouncing the word, lol, but these boards have become very popular.
How do you pronounce charcuterie?
Charcuterie (in English) is pronounced “shahr-koo-tuh-ree”. Charcuterie is a fancy word for “cured meat”. The term charcuterie comes from two French words: the first French word is “chair” which means “flesh,” and “cuit” which means “cooked.”
Typically, a charcuterie board or cheese board will have your favorite meats, different types of cheeses, sweet jams (or your favorite jams), seasonal fruit, dried fruit, variety of nuts and crackers.
Of course, not limited to these items there is no wrong way to assemble a charcuterie board or what to add to one.
What is a charcuterie board?
A charcuterie board is an appetizer typically served on a wooden board or stone slab, either eaten straight from the board itself or portioned onto flatware. It features a selection of preserved foods, especially cured meats or pâtés, as well as cheeses and crackers or bread. (Wikipedia)
Main ingredients: Charcuterie, cheeses, breads, fruits, vegetables, nuts, spreads
Serving temperature: Cold or at room temperature for those outdoors charcuterie boards
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What is on a charcuterie board? Or Disposable Charcuterie Boards?
- variety of charcuterie meats or deli meats
- soft cheeses
- aged cheddar
- hard cheese
- sharp cheddar cheese
- black pepper honey brie
- savory jams or your favorite jams
- sweeter jams and any kind of jam
- savory sauce
- hot pepper jelly
- roasted red peppers
- seasonal fruits or veggies; cherry tomatoes
- dried fruits
- fruit preserves
- fruit spreads
- variety of crackers, whole-grain crackers or small slices of bread
- variety of olives
- variety of nuts
- any of your favorite condiments
What goes on a charcuterie board or charcuterie trays for kids? Be aware of food allergies
- cheese cubes (small bites or slices)
- deli meats or pepperoni slices
- chicken nuggets
- black olives
- bread sticks
- french fries
- pretzels and dip
- various goodies or treats like gummy snacks
For a kid friendly charcuterie board there are a lot of Disposable Charcuterie Boards
- disposable serving trays
- disposable charcuterie platters
- disposable charcuterie cups
- individual disposable grazing boards
What condiments can I put on a charcuterie board?
- honey mustard
- tangy mustard blends
- whole grain mustard
- cream cheese
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- sour cream, pickle relish
- maple syrup or any sweet syrup
- any savory dip
- tahini sauce
- any sweet condiments or savory condiment
- variety of jams (listed below) for example: fig jams
Do I need cheese on my charcuterie board?
A beef charcuterie board will usually have a variety of cheeses from 4-6 different types on them, but you can make one without cheese.
If someone that you are making a charcuterie plate for, like for the holiday season, is lactose intolerant or has other dietary needs then leave out the cheese tray part of the board and add extra cured meats or sweet fruit. You can check out the different options at your local grocery store.
What type of cheese for a charcuterie board? Here are the best cheeses for those cheese platters!
- mild cheese
- sharp cheese
- aged cheess
- parmigiano reggiano
- brie cheese
- savory cheeses
- fresh cheeses
- vegan cheess
- fresh goat cheese – my favorite cheese
- sharp blue cheese
Question – What kind of meat for a charcuterie board? Different Meat Options for a Charcuterie board!
The best types of meats are the pre-sliced meat products that come in different varieties.
- cold cuts
- hard salami or harder meats
- calabrese salami
- summer sausage
What are 5 tips to making a charcuterie board?
- Choose a wooden cutting board, tray, box or Disposable Charcuterie Boards
- Choose easy to find ingredients – choose a variety of flavors
- Find pre-sliced or pre-portioned ingredients.
- Use a picture for a reference
- Choose an assortment of bright colored fruits and vegetables
- Choose small bowls or containers and cheese knives
- A great addition is to include something sweet like chocolate or cookies
How do you fold charcuterie meats for a charcuterie board?
Folding pieces in quarters and then fanning them out on the board makes the pieces easier to pick up, plus makes a prettier arrangements. Don’t be intimidated on how to make these cute meat pieces, just go to the internet and you can find simple instructions for folding meats on a beef charcuterie board.
Will any kind of jam go on a charcuterie board?
Typically, the commonly used jams are apricot jam and fig jam. But, finding the right jam is not hard if these 2 jams are not your personal preference. To add the jam to your board find cute little containers and set or scatter them around your board to fill any gaps. You can find mini little spreading knives to add to your board for easy serving. Here are a few different types of jams:
- peach jam
- cherry jam
- strawberry jam
- pear jams
- raspberry jam
- caramelized onion jam
The concept of a charcuterie board can almost be overwhelming. Experts say to have jam pairings and cheese pairings, but one of the easiest ways that I have found to making a beef charcuterie board is to just add what food items that you enjoy and don’t let it be hard.
For the perfect charcuterie board choose your flavor combinations of various cheeses, various meats, fruits, nuts and different types of jam.
Try new bold flavors, plus there is a wide variety of popular jams or a fig spread at the grocery stores.
However, the most important factor is to enjoy making these neat little boards or even placing it all into cute little brown boxes with a pretty ribbon. So, enjoy and remember that anyway that you make them is the correct way.
Top 3 Best Jam for Charcuterie Board
- Bonne Maman Assorted Preserves – Strawberry, Apricot, Raspberry, Orange, Cherry, Honey, Grape, Blueberry
Check out our other charcuterie board post!
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