Seven Ways To Charcuterie
If we remain true to its origin, charcuterie is a French word that dates back to the 1500’s and was used to describe a butcher shop that sold meat, notably pork. That said, a true charcuterie board would only be about meats and in particular, cured meats; salami, prosciutto, saucisson, pancetta and soppressata to name a few. However today we add everything including hard and soft cheeses, nuts, dried fruits, crackers, olives and crudites. The “board concept” has become so pervasive in American homes that all sorts of novel twists have evolved including vegan boards, desert and candy boards, bread boards, tapas boards, game-day boards and other themed holiday boards.
An ideal charcuterie board brings seasonal flavors, colors and most importantly fun to the table. While there is no wrong way to charcuterie, we wanted to share our favorite ways to create boards of all sizes and shapes.
A Traditional Spread
Large spreads where meats, cheeses and bold flavors come together are ideal when there are 6 or more guests. This traditional way of serving appetizers is best created with a few cheeses that range in flavor intensity, a couple of crunchy textures like crackers and breadsticks, a few of favorite meats, and finished with in-season fruits and nuts and olives.
Glass and ceramic vessels can bring height and varying materials to the spread, while serving utensils like cheese forks and honey dippers make the board approachable to snack from. Lastly, fill in empty spaces with crackers, piles of nuts and dried fruits.
Shop Charcuterie Boards in various sizes and shapes.
Brunch at Home
Elevating little moments can bring some joy to something as simple as Sunday brunch. Our mini charcuterie boards are ideal for individual-sized portions and essentially serve as a plate. Virtually indestructible and food-safe, these are perfect for families. The best part is letting the kiddos pick their favorite color!
Falling into Fall has never been easier. Transition charcuterie spreads from the bright flavors of Summer, by using in-season apples, creamy cheeses like Brie and fragrant accents like cinnamon. Seasonal boards add levity and bring sophisticated kitsch to the kitchen.
Pumpkin boards coming soon!
While the Mini Charcuterie Boards are ideal for snacks for one, the Tapas Planks are perfect for a whole meal, charcuterie for two, or appetizers at a dinner party. Use boards with bold colors to make food stand out: because who says food cant be a design element?
As everyone continues to navigate the "new normal" of social distancing, modest gatherings with close family and friends are popping up in backyards, patios and parks. Making guests feel comfortable and serving food safely are priorities for every host. Founder of etúHOME Stacy Borocz hosted a socially-distanced backyard gathering where the Mini Charcuterie Board was the star. Styled individually they reduced common touch points and gave each guest the perfect sized snack board to enjoy.
Pick one or two kinds of in-season produce to be the center of the flavor palate for your Charcuterie Board. Then add foods to compliment and pick a board that best suits the spread. Artichokes have a floral aroma and pair great with oranges. As always, bring some joy to the table and match the season with the serveware.
Sage Artichoke Board Coming Soon
A Joyous Noel
A little joy at the holidays can last the whole season. Build a Christmas Charcuterie with simple foods that pack a strong flavor profile: like simple crackers with a pungent cheese, or a bright homemade cranberry sauce on a rich brie. Use markers so guests can distinguish between cheeses.
Christmas Boards and Cheese Markers Coming Soon