Well, after sharing delicious recipes featuring Mastro & San Daniele cured meats the last few weeks the highly anticipated charcuterie spread is finally here! I’m sure you could see it coming and if you’re anything like me, this will be your favourite recipe of them all! Nothing get’s my mouth watering like a good selection of the finest cured meats paired with delicious cheese and accompaniments. The best thing about charcuterie spreads are that they aren’t complicated. They’re so easy to put together and take the stress away from holiday entertaining yet they still look very elegant. That’s the key to hosting holiday parties: finding uncomplicated dishes that wow your guests.
Everything You Need To Create An Elegant Charcuterie Spread
Variety of Cured Meat
Using at least three different cured meats is the best way to start your charcuterie spread. Once you know what kind of meats you’re adding it’s much easier to decide on cheese and the finishing touches. I always pick up the Mastro & San Daniele Charcuterie Trio as we love the selection of meats they include (Genoa Salami, Salami with Prosciutto and Prosciutto), it’s easy and I trust all of their products. It’s quick to grab at the grocery store and you don’t have to think about what pairs well with what, they’ve done it for you!
Adding a variety of three different cheeses in mild, medium and bold flavours is the key to success here. Also adding a mix of both soft and hard cheese is important. We usually stick to Brie, Gouda and Blue cheese. They provide a good mix of flavour so theres something for everyone.
Pickled quail eggs have to be my favourite garnish, they add a touch of elegance to the charcuterie spread. Perfect for the holidays. We also like to add a variety of olives, Walnuts for some crunch, Blackberries and dried cranberries to sweeten things up and add some grapes for colour.
Adding a few small dishes with condiments to the spread is key. They are great to spread on the baguette before topping with cured meat and cheese. Try adding a variety of sweet and savoury condiments like olive tapenade, apricot preserve, grainy mustard, bruschetta and fig jam.
Crackers and Bread
It’s best to keep things simple here. Fresh sliced baguette pairs well with everything and a good selection of crackers is nice to have on hand. We prefer bread sticks (they look great with prosciutto wrapped around them) and water crackers. Keeping the crackers plain is best because there is more than enough flavour on the charcuterie spread already
Now For The Assembly
Assembling a beautiful charcuterie board isn’t as daunting as it looks. Start by laying out your cheese – 1 cheese per 1/3 of your board. After the cheese is in place I like to fold the cured meats and add them side by side along the cheese (I try to pair the cured meat that best matches that cheese together). Wherever you see a large gap just add in the small condiment dishes and then you can start placing your garnishes and crackers in the open spaces. When I start filling in the spaces I like to add pops of colour to the bland looking sections of the board and put the cracker in last. Voila, you are now ready to entertain your guests!
Mastro & San Daniele and I had so much fun creating these holiday entertaining recipes and ideas for you and we’re giving you a chance to win a GRAND Prize Mastro prize pack! Entering is easy!
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This post was sponsored by Mastro & San Daniele however all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.