Cheese lovers, mark your calendars for January 20th — National Cheese Day! Whether you’re having a group of friends over to watch the Bachelor or you’d simply like a tasty appetizer to snack on, you’ll want to make a charcuterie board. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help you learn how to make a charcuterie board that everyone is sure to enjoy!
More Cheese Please
First things first, pick out 3 to 4 of your favorite cheeses so that there’s plenty to choose from on this board. Of course, you can tailor this to the number of people that will be enjoying the board! Typically, having a wide variety of flavors and textures is an excellent place to start. Add in some soft cheeses like burrata and brie, followed by a harder cheese like gouda. Check out some of Trader Joe’s unique cheeses like Cheddar with Caramelized Onions or Chevre with Honey.
Toss in Some Sweets & Meats
Next, you’ll want to add a bit of variety in addition to your cheeses. Add in meats like prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni. Once you’ve selected the meats you’ll use, add in some fruits and other sweets! Grapes, strawberries, and dried fruits offer a sweet contrast to the savory meats and cheeses. Another addition you can’t forget is jam or preserves! Blackberry preserves makes for a delicious add-on to cheese and crackers (especially brie).
Crackers, Breads, & More
Lastly, you’ll want to add in some crunch! A variety of crackers and small slices of bread are the perfect pairings for cheeses and meats. Feel free to add in many different types of crackers. After all, you have plenty of cheese and meat to eat with it!
Lay it Out
Once you’ve compiled all of the necessary ingredients for your charcuterie board, it’s time to lay it out! Half of the fun of making a charcuterie board is the setup. After all, you want it to look picture-perfect! First, set out your cheeses, followed by the meats. Next, fill in the empty spaces with crackers and fruits! In no time, you’ll have a beautiful, colorful charcuterie board that is ready to eat.
Whether you’re having friends over for a wine night or simply want to celebrate National Cheese Day, make a charcuterie board! This crowd-pleasing dish is sure to be a hit. Gather your supplies, set it up, and enjoy!
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