6 Steps to Preparing a Savory Charcuterie Board
What is a Charcuterie Board?
It is a curated selection of cured meats and sausages that has become a crowd-pleasing hors d’oeuvres. A charcuterie board pairs well with a cheese platter or can serve as a light dinner when you don’t feel like cooking a full meal. A well-executed charcuterie board will include a blend of savory meats, paired with sweet, complementary flavors.
We asked Midtown Market chef Jessi Donaldson for a simple guide to preparing a charcuterie board, using her favorite Midtown Market products. This is what she shared with us.
Step 1. Select a blend of cured, hard meats such as Boar’s Head salami, sopressata, and prosciutto (Italian ham). Prepare at least three slices of meat per guest,for each variety on your board. Meat should be sliced thin and salami can be cubed. The Midtown Market deli department can slice or cube meat according to your specifications.
Step 2. Many chacuterie boards include various types of pate, however not all palates are able to indulge in this delicacy. So when creating her own board, Chef Jessi selects spreads such as Boar’s Head Stone Ground Mustard, fig jam and Apricot Preserves.
Step 3. Then create a colorful array of pickles, including pickled squash, pickled okra and pickled red peppers.
Step 4. Add in a few varieties of olives from the Midtown Market Olive Bar.
Step 5. Select a variety of crackers and sliced artisan breads to serve with your board.
Step 6.Arrange the meats, spreads and pickles on a platter and serve crackers and breads alongside this tempting creation.
What if I Don’t Know What Flavors to Pair?
Don’t be afraid to ask our staff questions. Someone on our team will have lots of good information for you and can provide you with samples of meat and spreads if you’re having trouble deciding on a particular selection of flavors. Once you prepare your board, take a photo and share with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MidtownMarketPaducah.
Photo credit: Glenn Hall Photography