Elements of a Perfect Charcuterie Board

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One of my favorite things to have for guests or to bring over to a friend’s house is a charcuterie board. They are so beautiful and have a variety of options that each one of your guests is bound to love!

A charcuterie board may be intimidating, but it is incredibly easy to put together—and you don’t have to cook a thing! Here are the elements that make up my perfect charcuterie board:

Cheese

I love to do two hard cheese and at least one spreadable soft cheese. My go-to spreadable soft cheese is Trader Joe’s Blueberry Vanilla Chevre. For my hard cheese, I almost always go for a white cheddar (which is a crowd pleaser) and a smoked gouda. Any of your favorites will do here!

Sweet

Cheese pairs well with sweet things like honey, fig jam, or a chutney. I also love to include fresh fruit of some kind, usually whatever is in season. In the summertime it is usually strawberries or raspberries, and in the wintertime it is usually a sliced pear or apple. I also love having a dried fruit element incorporated. Dried apricots are my go-to!

Savory

I love to add nuts or a savory spread like stone ground mustard to balance out the sweet spreads.  Include a bowl of olives!

Meat

Always have a variety of cured meats. It is the main attraction on your board.  I always go for peppered salami and prosciutto!

Crackers/Bread

Choose a variety of crackers of a fresh-baked baguette. I always make sure one of these options is gluten free for your guests!

Arrange all of these elements on your favorite platter or cutting board! I always bring my own charcuterie serving tray and cheese knives. I also like to create height by adding in 2 or 3 little bowls for the fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts.  Your guests will be more than impressed with your beautiful spread!

Pro Tip — buy your cheese at Aldi. They have a variety of options and are very reasonable in price!

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Lisa Wittrock is a Minneapolis recipe creator and food blogger who loves to try new recipes and mix and match flavors and food groups with a focus on healthy eating, good conversations, and undeserved grace. You can find this recipe and many more at thygoodness.com.

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