Charcuterie is far more than a bunch of meat on a plate. Charcuterie is a choose-your-own dish. Traditionally Charcuterie is made of cured dried meats. Imagine the savory goodness that a charcuterie board offers: an array of cured meats, tangy pickles, sweet jams, cheese, fresh fruit, and your own personal delicacies, paired with your favorite beer or wine to complement the flavors and textures.
The word Charcuterie is from the French words “flesh” and cuit “cooked,” and pronounced “shar-koo-tuh-ree.” Charcuterie describes a range of cured meats, from hard, thin-sliced cuts to soft spreads. Charcuterie serves as a starter course or the centerpiece at a casual gathering. They make for the perfect stress-free dish for entertaining. At Strega Prime, we are here to help you build the ideal Charcuterie board.
First Things First: Let’s Get Cheesy!
To start the board, let’s begin with the cheese. Choose three to four of your favorite types of cheeses. Goat, Manchego, Gruyere, Burrata, Brie, Sharp Cheddar, White Cheddar, Gorgonzola, Boursin, and Havarti are great cheese to choose from. Get creative with how you display your cheese. Try serving the cheese cubed and piled based on height and dimension, cut into squares and fanned out or cut into thin triangular slices placed into a circle.
Bring On The Deeply Savory, Alluring Aromatic & Fatty Meats!
There are several different cured types of meat to serve on your platter. There are several different cured types of meat served on the platter. The most famous is thinly shaved prosciutto. Prosciutto is a fatty cut of meat that is sliced thinly but has a buttery texture. When your shopping lookout for natural deli meats Prosciutto, Mortadella, Soppressata.
Fruits and Veggies Please!
Roasted vegetables pair well with tangy cheeses and your selection of cured meats. Try mix For the roasted veggies, vegetables typically used are marinated eggplant, misto artichokes, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, mixed olives, and roasted peppers. When choosing your fruits, try a mix of fresh fruits that are flavorful and abundant all year long. Don’t forget about the dried fruit!
Don’t Forget the Finish Touches!
Garnishes go a long way! Add hints of color and keep it fresh. Basil leaves rosemary sprigs, mint sprigs, and dried or fresh lavender. Let’s face it; a Charcuterie board makes for the perfect dish for any event or occasion. Don’t feel like trying to get crafty on your own? Leave it up to us, and try our Strega Antipasto.