With Christmas just around the corner and holiday party invites rolling in, I wanted to share the most impressive – and seriously easiest, appetizer for any party – the cheese and charcuterie platter. This platter is my go-to for almost every event. Big or small, no party should be without one!
Below are some tips for a beautiful, crowd-pleasing charcuterie platter. Enjoy!
1. Use a Variety of Cured Meats and Salami
The deli section at Go Produce carries a beautiful selection of pre-sliced cured meats and salamis. I usually incorporate 3-4 varieties, my favorites being the imported proscuitto and the cervelat salami. These cured meats come thinly sliced and ready to be placed directly onto your platter. You can up the visual appeal of your platter by rolling each slice.
2. Cheese Please
Cheese and meats go together like PB & J! Similar to cured meats, I try to stick to 3-4 different types – 1 or 2 mild in flavor (think Cheddar or Parmigiano Reggiano) and the other’s being a little more unique (I LOVE the Black Truffle and Brie).
3. Something Pickled
The tangy flavor of pickled vegetables are a great way to off-set the saltiness of the cured meats. I love adding pickled beans or baby dills to my platters – you can also include pickled carrots, pickled cauliflower, or pickled mushrooms if they are available in your local store.
4. Fresh Fruit and Spreads
Fresh fruits like strawberries and grapes are a great way to add color to your platter. If you haven’t tried Go Produce’s local farmhouse grown strawberries – they are amazing! Hands down the sweetest strawberries I’ve had. Red Wine Jelly also pairs well with crackers.
5. Add Wine (& Beer)
Almost everything pairs with cheese & cured meats! My favorite red is a medium body Amarouge by Aleksander’s and for a crisp white – Pelee Island’s Chardonnny Reserve is perfect! Not a wine drinker, Go Produce now has an amazing selection of beer’s that can be delivered right to your front door! Be sure to check it out here.
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