How to Choose Items for My Charcuterie Board?
When you are making your grazing board it can seem impossible to choose the right products. What are people going to like? What will look stylish and sophisticated? How much should I use? Here we will go over some of our favorite ingredients to use on our boards. We’ve also put them in order of how we place them on the board so you have an idea of how to start putting together your own charcuterie board.
Grazing Board: The Starters
The first two things we start with to frame our charcuterie boards are crackers and grapes. The grapes can be a beautiful filler piece, creating a magical and elegant look. If you want something extra stylish, choose lady fingers or concord grapes. Next, we’ll add a variety of cracker options from croccantini to water crackers, and even some gluten free options. Another great carb to add is sliced French bread. You can put them in messy piles or line them up just as they were in the box to create different looks.
Grazing Board: Meat and Cheese
Next, you’ll want to add cheese. Some of the staples of typical grazing boards include: a wedge of brie drizzled with honey and topped with berries and goat cheese with our famous apricot habanero jelly. Other cheeses you can use are a sharp cheddar or our drunken goat cheese with a red wine outer layer. The fun part of this is choosing a variety of colors and flavors.
After the cheese you can add the meat. We like to choose a mix of deli and sliced meats from mortadella to prosciutto, as well as different kinds of salami. You can find all kinds of salamis that can cover the palate spectrum from something spicy to something a bit sweeter. Have some fun and slice your meats in different ways to add extra texture to the board.
You can also find creative ways to fold your meats from the salami rose to the prosciutto rivers.
Grazing Board: Vegetables and Fruits
The next garnish that we like to add are vegetables and fruit. Some of our favorite veggies to choose from include: cucumbers, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers. Our fruits vary depending on the season, but you can cut up melons and oranges, and add whole apples, pears, or plums to create some variety. Some of the very last things we like to add are a variety of berries from blueberries, raspberries and black berries. Berries sprinkled on top create a fun and dynamic look.
Grazing Board: Dried Fruits, Chocolates, Olives and Nuts
Some of the best filler ingredients and something to go a bit easier on include dried fruits, chocolates, and nuts. We like to add dried apricots or figs, a variety of nuts, and chocolates around the edge of the board or in a cute dish.
Olives are also a great addition of flavor to your board.
Grazing Board: Extras
Don’t forget to try our apricot habanero jelly, handmade in-house, by the jelly man. Keep an eye out for our post on the Jelly Man to learn all about how we got started with this incredible addition to our boards, one of the things that makes catering with Fork It so special. Our jelly is great when it covers a goat cheese. You can also try an almond hummus, one of our most famous extras, or a regular hummus to dip the veggies.
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Now that you have an idea of how to put together a grazing board, you should be ready for your next party! If you still want to learn more, you can contact us about our workshops. We’ll help you learn tips and tricks on how to put a charcuterie board together and make it look extra special. You can even bring a box home to share your creation with your family and friends.
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