Considering Adding a Charcuterie Board in Your Diet?

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Whether for a football game or a holiday party, think about putting together a charcuterie board for your next gathering. Making a charcuterie board is easier than it looks, and it is a lovely way to present a variety of appetizers.

Make A Charcuterie Board in 3 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Plan your board: what do you want to serve? Anything goes, but items that work well include:

  • Hard and soft cheeses. Visit the cheese department at McCaffrey’s for delicious and interesting choices.
  • Nuts such as almonds, cashews, pistachios
  • Dried and/or fresh fruits like apricots, figs or raisins, dates, grapes, or any bite size pieces of seasonal fruit
  • Fresh vegetables like carrots and celery sticks, cucumber slices, radishes, and cherry tomatoes
  • Crackers, pretzel flats, or thinly sliced bread
  • Meats, such as salami or prosciutto
  • Olives
  • Dips such as hummus, specialty mustards, bruschetta, jams, or honey

Step 2: Find a platter, cutting board, or serving tray for a base and small bowls or ramekins.

  • Use a variety of container heights and sizes to add dimension.

Step 3: Arrange your board.

  • Fill ramekins and/or bowls with dips, olives, nuts, etc. and place on charcuterie board.
  • Consider color and decoration for interest. For example, a small seasonal squash may be a nice addition to your board.
  • Place cheese and crackers. Cheese can be arranged precut or served with the appropriate utensils.
  • Add some meat, if desired.
  • Fill in gaps with fruits, vegetables.
  • Provide toothpicks or small forks along with appetizer plates and napkins and your charcuterie board is ready to go!

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