If you’ve ever been to a big party at a friend or family member’s house, there’s a good chance that there was a charcuterie board somewhere around the place! If you’re unfamiliar with charcuterie, it’s essentially a cutting board that’s filled with a variety of meats, cheeses and other assorted items. If you didn’t know what they were before, we’re willing to bet that you can recognize them now! But, let’s say you’re hosting a gathering of your own. How can you make the perfect charcuterie board? Read on for some helpful tips!
Mix Up Your Meats
Nobody is going to want to take from a charcuterie board that only has one type of meat! You’ll want to include a few types of meat on your board to ensure that your guests have plenty of options to pick from. Some pretty popular options include ham, salami, pepperoni and sausage. These don’t have to be the only meats you use, however; feel free to add some of your own choices!
Mix Up Your Cheeses and Sauces
Like your meats, you should also include a variety of cheeses and sauces to compliment whatever you decide to add. With your cheeses, you should make your selections carefully! To ensure that everyone gets what they want, add a mix of soft and hard cheeses to your charcuterie board. With your sauces, you can put a variety of jams, spreads, and even mustard on the board! Make sure you include several so your guests have plenty of options.
Of course, meats and cheeses aren’t the only two items that make up a charcuterie board. What you add next is entirely up to you, but we’ve listed some pretty popular options below:
- Assorted Fruits (grapes, grapefruits, berries, etc.): Make sure that these are dried fruits!
- Assorted Nuts: You should only add these if you know that the guests at your party aren’t allergic. You want to make sure that they’re safe, too!
- Fresh Herbs: While these serve more of a decorative purpose, your guests can absolutely take them as a part of their take of the charcuterie board.
- Crackers and Bread: These items can be incredibly useful palette cleansers; and they’re really good when dipped in the spreads!
Charcuterie Boards at Assaggio
Assaggio is home to many authentic Italian cuisines, fresh seafoods, and – you guessed it – a charcuterie board! Our charcuterie board includes mortadella, soppressata, prosciutto di parma, and various assorted Italian cheeses. It’s the perfect board for someone who loves Italian food! If that isn’t up your alley, we have plenty of delicious options for you to choose from. To experience some of the best cuisine in Boston’s North End, make a reservation with us today!