Charcuterie Boards

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How to Make Easy Charcuterie Boards

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Chacuterie Boards with Meat, Cheese and Nuts

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October 17 2018

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For your friends, family, and whomever else you're sharing a meal with, learn our experts' best tips for creating the ultimate charcuterie board.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    Check out 9 Red Wines for Your Next Italian Night ... Or Any Night.

    Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
    Blush 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.
    Hy-Vee Wine & SpiritsThe Drink Experts
  7. 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