Here Are The 5 Basic Components To Making The Perfect Cheese And Cold Cuts Platter
There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as a beautifully curated charcuterie board. It’s elegant and perfect for sharing on those nights when you have friends over.
The key to creating a spectacular plate is considering the balance of flavor, color, and texture, and ensuring that every little bite will tickle the palate.
Here are the 5 components you’ll need to create an impressive cold cuts and cheese board, which you can easily put together on your own.
Cheese, admittedly, can be a little expensive. But the great thing about putting together a plate is that you can have just a little bit of everything, allowing you the flexibility to splurge or save on the cheese that you want. Instead of spending on soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert, you can go for cream cheese instead. And you can spruce up the flavor and color by adding paprika, chili, or pepper.
When it comes to cheese, don’t forget variety. Mix it up by offering soft and hard cheeses. Also, to make it easier for your guests, you can slice the cheese beforehand.
Of course, complementing the cheese are cured and smoked meats which make up an important portion of your board. If you’re not sure about what you want, just head to the cold cuts section of any grocery or deli and ask for recommendations. There are a lot of economical choices! Some of the more familiar and well-loved cuts are salami, chorizo, and prosciutto.
FRUITS + NUTS
As mentioned, the key to creating the perfect board is the balance of flavors and textures. Harmony should be set between salty, sweet, sour, crunchy, and creamy, as each ingredient can enhance the flavor of the other. Adding fruits and nuts takes care of the sweetness, and highlights the complexity of the cheeses and the saltiness of the meats.
Go ahead and mix dried fruit like raisins and dried apricots with walnuts, pistachios, cashews, and the like to liven up the platter. Include pots of jam and honey to complement the dried ingredients with something to spread or drizzle over the cheese and bread.
OLIVES + PICKLES
Taking care of the sour component, pickled veggies, capers, and olives temper the richness of the cheeses. You can make your own pickles or just pick up a bottle at the grocery for your convenience.
When you have cheese and cold cuts, you need your staple of bread. Toast a few slices and cut into bite-sized pieces. Or instead of bread, go for breadsticks or crackers. They help create that feeling of fullness and they lend a crunchy texture to make for interesting bites.