Charcuterie. It's such a neat word. I just like saying it, char·cu·te·rie pronounced
/SHärˈko͞odərē/. Main and Vine describes charcuterie as an array of preserved and prepared meat dishes, such as cured sausages, hams, bacon, pâté and confit. The origins of charcuterie are simple: salting, curing and drying were the most effective ways to preserve meat before refrigerators came along. I won't be doing any salting, curing or drying meats myself, but I will be putting together some cured meats on board for our New Year's Eve celebration.
Appetizers are the new dinner party and a charcuterie board is the ultimate lets gather around the table eat, drink and be merry way to entertain. The holidays are about gathering with friends and family. We've got enough going on that to over complicate it. Festive is our mahantra! Bring out a charcuterie board and your guest will feel at home.
So now the question is how do I put this /SHärˈko͞odərē/ board together? Don't fret. I've got you covered. Here are some basic tips for assembling a charcuterie and cheese board:
Arrange everything on a wooden board. A cutting board works well.
For a large gathering, use your charcuterie and cheese board as your centerpiece across the length of the table. This makes an outstanding presentation. Here we come 2018!!