Give me a cheese plate any time, any day, and I’m happy. Having a Spanish husband, comes in very handy in this sense because he’s ALWAYS down for a cheese plate. Making a charcuterie board is probably the easiest way to impress guests and look like a host who’s got their sh*t together [even if you don’t].
Obviously, it doesn’t happen all the time, but we try to keep most of these things on-hand, in the event that we want to just have a picky dinner, or people come over. It’s easy enough to grab a board and assemble.
BOARDS: I collect unique, wooden cutting boards. Special ones (that aren’t $1,000,000 are hard to come by, but sometime I get lucky at random decor stores, or HomeSense). A wooden cutting board (IMO) is the foundation of the whole charcuterie and makes for great presentation.
SERVEWARE: serving accessories are also something I keep a look out for, because they just add that last little touch to making the board feel full + finished. Depending on what I’m putting on the board, I like to use an assortment of different little tapas bowls or dip bowls. The little tapas bowls + plates you see below are from Fable. Theyre the perfect size for all the little stuff, like olives and nuts.
INGREDIENTS: you really can do whatever you want, here! Honestly, most of the time I just throw together whatever we had in the fridge, but for specifics, I’ve listed out my favorite ingredients below:
+ green olives
+ cornichons baby pickles
+ peppered salami
+ a sharp parmesan
+ herbs & chives goat cheese
+ Manchego (spanish) cheese
+ pretzels (we love the plain ones from Costco or Twigz)
+ salted pistachios
+ praline almonds (we love Laid Back Snacks)
+ crackers, I like to do an assortment
Now that fall is nearing and we will be spending more time inside, I see LOTS of these nights in our future and I’m not mad about it. Let me know your favorite ingredients for your charcuterie board below, so I can add some new things to my list!