So, you’re hosting a formal dinner party and want to serve some appetizers before the main course. Or you’re simply having a few friends over for a casual games night and want to offer some light snacks to accompany drinks. Either one of these social gatherings is the perfect opportunity for a charcuterie board.
Charcuterie boards are very popular in formal and informal settings and add a visually appealing way to offer a variety of foods. Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is a French word that refers to the preparation and assembly of cured meats and meat products. But have no fear: you can easily assemble a plant-based charcuterie board for yourself or for your company. Every charcuterie board is unique, reflecting the person who created it – and the guests it was created for.
Vegan? No problem. You can prepare a beautiful vegan spread: vegan cheeses and plant-based meat and deli products, fresh and dried fruits, cut vegetables, artisan breads, breadsticks, crackers, fancy oils, dips, condiments, pickles and olives, and nuts. No doubt there is something for everyone.
Share our SUUP products with your guests. Serve our Lemon Lovers’ Hummus or our Harissa Roasted Red Pepper Spread to accompany your vegetables or crackers. Arrange some slices of our 100% plant cuts, including pepperoni with its Italian seasonings or our Thai-flavoured chorizo, on your charcuterie board. Add to the variety of plant cuts with our classic deli-style salami, pastrami, roast beef and corned beef. And if you’re looking for a real treat, serve SUUP’s smoky, sticky vegan BBQ ribs. All our plant cuts are rich in protein, low in fat, contain no sulfites, and are packed with nutrients and minerals.
You will want your charcuterie board to offer different flavours and textures, as well as colours, to contrast and complement each other. Bold, sweet, smoky, spicy, tangy, sharp, mellow. Crunchy, soft, sticky. Each bite offers something different, something wow.
If you have a unique wooden board, an elegant tray, or a pretty serving platter, use it for your culinary display. It’ll make a real statement. A rustic wood board is as popular to use as a long, handled tray. And a simple, large, wooden cutting board works equally well.
Assembly of a charcuterie board takes minimal time and effort. It can be as much of an art as it is a job. Prep your dips, sauces and spreads beforehand, and transfer them into little bowls. Wash and cut all fruits and vegetables. Slice your breads into cubes or chunky slices. If you’re using hard cheese, do the same. If soft cheese, serve it with a spreader. Use a variety of crackers, some plain, others flavoured or grainy. Use an array of plant-based deli, beef or chicken to get those palates happy. Start stacking, rolling and lining up your offerings. And don’t forget to add spoons, forks and knives to the display to use for serving. There is no right or wrong way to prepare your charcuterie board, but it’s best not to leave any space between the food items. The fuller it looks, the better. Make your charcuterie board a memorable visual and eating experience for you and your guests!
Once you’ve learned how to create an appetizer charcuterie board, you might just start to think about creating a dessert charcuterie board – but we’ll leave that idea for another post!