For your friends, family, and whomever else you're sharing a meal with, learn our experts' best tips for creating the ultimate charcuterie board.
Start with the Meats
Choose a variety of cured meats ranging from finnocchiona, hot and mild soppressata, prosciutto de Parma, and speck. Your Hy-Vee butcher will be able to help you decide how much of each one to buy. As a general rule of thumb, plan on 2 to 3 ounces of meat per person for an appetizer party.
See 6 Italian Meats That Aren't Pepperoni for ideas.
Then Add Cheese
It you're sticking with a traditional Italian theme, select some of Italy's world renowned cheeses—Parmigiano Reggiano, Asiago, Provolone, Aged Gorgonzola, or Fresh Mozzarella. If you’re not sure, your Hy-Vee cheesemonger will be able to guide you through the selection process (and offer tasty samples). Or you can sort through different cheese families by exploring our Cheese Guide. Also, check out the Best Picks for a Cheese Board.
Slather on the Jam
Adding jams, fresh or dried fruits, and different selections of honey to your board will brighten the appearance of the platter and allow guests to create their own sweet and savory pairings.
Fan out the Crackers
La Mole Crosti (flavored toasted bread) or Sfornatini (thin breadsticks) imported from Italy by Hy-Vee add a can’t-get-enough crunch while serving as edible vessels for meats, cheeses, and dips. You can even pre-wrap several thin breadsticks with thin slices of prosciutto to get things started. Grilled Pane Tuscano is also a popular bread accompaniment for charcuterie boards. Simply rub the bread with a smashed clove of garlic and drizzle with olive oil before grilling.
The Grand Garnish
Round out your board with nuts, olives, whole grain mustard, or pickled vegetables. Remember, it’s your board, so get as creative as you like. Just be sure to leave room in between items so guests can easily dig in as the cravings strike.
Pass the Vino
Light and fruity blush or white wines and even Proseccos are best paired with antipastos like charcuterie, but just remember one simple rule: When it comes to wine, if you don’t like it, don’t drink it. Always select a wine you enjoy—even if it isn’t the classic pairing.
Hyvee Culinary Expert TipBlush wines are not quite as bold as red wine, but have slightly more body than white wines. They have a fresh, fruity flavor that helps cleanse the palate between bites from a charcuterie board.
The Backup Plan
If you're short on time or just now up for building your own charcuterie board, you can always order one of our pre-made charcuterie or cheese boards.