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With warmer weather on the way, I wanted to share one of my favorite easy (and most beautiful) ways to entertain- with a charcuterie and cheese plate.
The concept is simple- Add some meat, cheese, fruit, nuts, and anything else that you would like to a marble, slate, or wood serving platter, and you’ve got an instant appetizer or snack. Not only is a charcuterie and cheese plate simple to create, it has an elegance and sense of sophistication to it that can add just the right touch to your next get-together.
Today I’ll be sharing my favorite tips for how to create a charcuterie and cheese plate, as well as my essentials that I always add to mine. Just remember that there is no right or wrong to this! There are a few guidelines, but feel free to include your favorites and personalize your charcuterie plate to you and your group, as well as to the fruit that’s in season.
Making the Perfect Charcuterie and Cheese Plate
It just takes a few things to create a gorgeous charcuterie board. Here are some of the necessities and a few of my favorites…
A slate, marble, or wood platter all work great as the base for a cheese plate. I wanted a long, rustic style platter, so I used a piece of aged wood that I had saved for the perfect occasion. It was actually an old fence board from a fence we recently pulled down.
I placed the wood board down as the base. I added some fresh white and purple flowers that I had growing in my yard around the outside of the board. They added such a pretty, natural look.
Meat and Cheese
A variety of high quality meat and cheese is essential to a delicious charcuterie and cheese plate. I picked up some new Creminelli Fine Meats™ Felino and Manchego Snack Trays at Starbucks. It was in the refrigerated section near the line.
Both flavors were absolutely delicious and tasted perfect together!
Creminelli Snack Trays make food pairing easy and include mild felino salami (an all-natural pork aged 4-6 weeks) with a nutty Manchego imported from Spain. Both are thinly sliced and packed perfectly for a protein-filled snack, on-the-go eating, road trips, concerts, or for easy and delicious entertaining.
Sliced apples, sliced pears, grapes, figs, and kumquats are all great choices for your cheese plate.
I included some amazing green kiwi berries that look like kumquats, but are actually small kiwi (minus the brown fuzzy skin). Dried fruit can also be used in place of or in addition to fresh fruit.
Bread and Crackers
I like to serve some kind of bread on my charcuterie and cheese plate to pair with the meat and cheese. A sliced baguette and a variety of crackers are great additions to the platter.
Olives add a nice depth of flavor to a charcuterie platter. You can serve a variety, or stick to one or two different flavors.
Whole nuts add an earthy, nutty taste to a cheese plate. I used raw almonds and walnuts, but any nuts can be used as well.
It’s fun to add a few extra flavors to your table. Fresh herbs, like the fresh rosemary sprigs I added, add some pretty green to the table. They also add a layer of depth and complexity to the other flavors in the charcuterie and cheese plate.
Extras that are also great additions are olive oil, mustard, pate, and preserves.
I won’t tell you how quickly we devoured everything from our charcuterie and cheese board. Let’s just say that it was a big hit! My daughter was especially excited because all of the Felino sausage in one pack were shaped just like hearts.