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The Making of a Charcuterie Platter

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The Making of a Charcuterie Platter with cured meats, a variety of cheeses, nuts and fruits provide a nibble that will please every palate. There’s nothing better than noshing on a charcuterie platter before a meal.

Charcuterie Platter

Start with Cheese, Then Meats and Accompaniments

Pick out an odd number of cheeses for your charcuterie platter: You may want to try one firm cheese like a cheddar or swiss, one soft like a Brie or Camembert,and one fragrant like a blue cheese. Or add just one crowd pleaser like this Kerrygold Dubliner with Irish Stout as I did here for our family. To accompany the Dubliner, I chose three varieties of cured meats; well, truthfully, I had the experts at Goose the Market pair a few with my cheese. I brought home sliced Italian Toscano salami with a kick; capocolla, another pork salami which hails from Calabria; and finally smoked duck breast slices. The odds and ends were purchased at a recent trip to Zimmerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I added some honeyed pecans, roasted Marcona almonds and  Sardinian flatbread along with fresh blackberries and dried apricots.

A cheese tray like this can easily be expanded for a crowd, so it’s perfect for holiday entertaining. Instead of the tedious chore of making three different appetizers, deck out a large cutting board with an irresistible combination of meats and cheeses. Use the experts at your favorite market, deli or specialty shop to help you select the a variety of ingredients that will delight your guests. They are typically delighted to provide samples for you to taste test. You may even find a new favorite!

Charcuterie Platter with fruit, meats, nuts, cheeses and crackers

A Few More Tips for Making A Charcuterie Platter

  • Let the meats and cheeses shine. Serve plain breads and crackers.
  • Fresh fruits like apples, pears, figs and grapes pair wonderfully with cheeses. I love adding dried fruits, too, for a variety of textures.
  • Add nuts for some crunch. Jams, jellies and fruit pastes pair deliciously with cheeses.
  • Vary shapes and colors for a more visually appealing platter.
  • Let your cheeses rest at room temperature for an hour before serving.
  • As mentioned above, try to add a variety of textures from hard to soft, brittle to buttery. A bold flavored blue or spiced cheese is a lovely touch. Add a goat’s milk or sheep’s milk cheese to your cow’s milk selection.
  • Take a little time to artfully arrange your charcuterie platter. You’ll be delighted with the results.

Things you may need to help assemble this cheese board:

Utility Knife
Cutting Board

Overhead view of Charcuterie Platter

I am a huge fan of Kerrygold butters and cheeses. Made of milk from grass-fed Irish dairy cows and made in the US, their quality products are unrivaled. To find Kerrygold products in your area, use this Store Locator.

Disclosure: Kerrygold supplied me with a variety of butters and cheeses. I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kerrygold.

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19 comments on “The Making of a Charcuterie Platter”

  1. This would be a very welcome appy here! Love the little round of cheese:@)

  2. My family loves charcuterie platter and yours looks so inviting.

  3. Being next to this at a party, would be my favorite spot! Love all of your tips!

  4. This would make a great X’mas lunch appetizer!

  5. This Charcuterie plate is beautifully presented! Alan and I belong to a wine club that offers a similar plate, but I have to say, yours outshines theirs by far!!

  6. Your charcuterie platter looks delicious, we love cured meats and cheeses!! Your platter would be all gone at my house quickly, all we need is a nice bottle of wine!

    Happy Holidays!
    Michael
    http://instagram.com/michaelswoodcraft

  7. This is a dish that would excite the tastebuds of just about everyone. There’s always something in a plate like this that a person will love. I love it all.

  8. Great tips Liz, love all the different types of flavors and textures that you chose here, very nice!

  9. Gorgeous platter and your tips are spot on!

  10. Thanks for this Post. I’ve never successfully put together a charcuterie platter. With your instructions and tips, it looks easy.

  11. You are the master of presentation! This looks amazing!

  12. Great tips, photos and cocktail food, Liz!…Wish I lived closer and crash one of your parities =) Tee hee!

  13. Totally craving this platter right now – definitely something I will be making for the holidays!

  14. Perfect for Christmas Eve, Liz.
    I have utilized/stolen several of your ideas!!! xxx

  15. Lizzy,
    This looks similar to an antipasto platter. Though I might be partial to that view because of my heritage. Either way its a lovely appetizer for any meal.
    Annamaria

  16. What a perfect idea for the upcoming holiday parties 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  17. Fancy name for a platter! 😉 Looks good!

  18. A great post Liz! I love putting fingerfood platters together. thanks for all of the great tips and idea!

  19. Ann Arbor is only an hour away from me so I’ll have to take a trip to Zimmerman’s. This platter is perfect for this time of year when there is so much to be done.

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