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How to Create a Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie, pronounced shar-ku-ta-ree, is translated to mean pork butcher or cooked meat. It is an art of preserving and presenting meats. Although technically it should be only pork products, it is common for it to include other types of meat. It is most often served with a variety of cheeses, fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and herbs.

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This wooden serving platter was made for less than $20 with a 72"x16"x1" panel of Pine from Lowe's. First it was stained with 6 coats of strong black coffee (letting it dry between each coat) and then it was sealed with 2 coats of olive oil.

Arrange the Charcuterie Platter however you would like but make sure to incorporate multiple different colors and shapes. You can substitute or replace anything you like. The fruits can be either dried or fresh depending on the season but the herbs must be fresh. The nuts should be roasted and lightly salted rather than raw. Pick a variety of cheese that have different texture and richness. Don't forget the wine!!!!

Ingredients for this particular platter include the following:

1. Bread- Thinly sliced baguettes (brush with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake at 350 for 5 minutes), Thin crisps/crackers and crunchy breadsticks
2. Cured meats- Capicola, Soppressata and Mortadella
3. Fruits- Blackberries, Olives, dried Apricots, fresh Red Grapes, fresh Tangerines, Cherry Peppers, small Dill Pickles, roasted Garlic and dried Figs
4. Herbs- Fresh Thyme and Rosemary
5. Nuts- Walnuts and Almonds
6. Cheese- Triple cream Blue, Double cream Brie, Aged Gouda, Havarti and Manchego




Recipe created by Carissa Paulson

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