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Great Charcuterie Boards Made Simple

Making charcuterie plates super simple.

Making a great Charcuterie boards may seem simple enough in the beginning but then you realize that everything needs to work together. Creating the perfect board takes time, experimentation and some patience. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Some very simple guidelines from the good folks at City Park Brassiere and Bar will help you out. One of their favorites is combining smoked duck breast and cheddar cheese with a little brown mustard and a few sweet pickles. Here is what they suggest to cover the basics…

Crostinis (thinly sliced and toasted baguettes)

Pickled Items

Sliced Meats

Sliced Cheese

Fresh Fruit

From there, it’s all up to you and your taste to find the best combination of flavors. Dips can help balance the flavor profile: mustards, jams and even apple butter can add a little something extra.

Here are a few other simple but great Charcuterie boards that we found on the Internet.

Presidential Cheese Board – This brings together some of our former president’s favorite menu items. From President Chester A. Arthur’s love of roast beef to President Andrew Johnson’s favorite jam, this will appeal to all parties involved.

The Vegan Board – This one focuses heavily on fruits and veggies and gluten free crackers. Plus it adds another important part to Charcuterie, a dip like hummus or guacamole.

French Charcuterie Platter – C’est magnifique! In addition to the cured meats, add soft ham, add some pâté.