A Guide to Charcuterie Boards

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An aesthetically pleasing charcuterie board is the perfect appetizer for any gathering this holiday season. Whether you’re getting together with family or having a night in with friends, showing up with the perfect charcuterie board will have everybody grabbing for a bite. Creating a charcuterie board can be a bit intimidating, and you may not know where to start. No need to worry VALLEY has you covered with a guide to making charcuterie boards a bit less overwhelming.


A selection of tasty cheeses is an essential first step. Using a blend of both soft and firm cheese to mix up the textures will guarantee a successful board for your gatherings. Brie, gouda, swiss and sharp cheddar are a few quality kinds of cheese that will start off your charcuterie board in the best ways possible.

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After establishing your cheeses, the next step is adding a variety of thinly sliced meats. Carefully placing and rolling them throughout the board will add a creative twist and appeal to your guests. If you’re feeling extra creative, don’t be afraid to create a rose out of pepperoni or salami by folding each slice over a wine glass and allowing it to set. If you aren’t sure which meats to use, prosciutto, salami and pepperoni are always a hit.

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There are an endless amount of options to choose from when it comes to adding those sweet bites to a charcuterie board. Fruits such as figs, dried apricots and grapes are the perfect addition of sweetness. Candied pecans, almonds and peanuts are another must-have addition by adding the right amount of sweetness and pleasing appearance to the board.

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Apricot, fig and strawberry preserves are a great spread idea that your guests can add to their cheeses. If you want to take a more savory route, olive oil or hummus are ways to spice up your board and they go perfectly with any selection of meats and cheeses.

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Breads and Crackers

These varieties of cheeses, meats, sweets and spreads need something they can be paired on top of. Finishing off your charcuterie board with a wide variety of bread and crackers is the final step in creating a charcuterie board for your next gathering. A sliced baguette, crispy crackers and thin breadsticks will complete the final product.

Decided to use these tips and create a charcuterie board masterpiece? Tag us, @VALLEYmag, on Instagram and show us your beautifully decorated charcuterie boards that you brought to your next holiday gathering.


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