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How to Make a Charcuterie Board with Montana meats with Montana Gift Corral

What’s the deal with charcuterie? While people have often referred to these delicious appetizers as meat and cheese boards in the United States, the term ‘charcuterie’ has been a growing trend for several years! Charcuterie is the art of prepared meats that evolved as a means to preserve meat before the advent of modern refrigeration. Think of them as fancy Lunchables for grownups! 

Why is it called charcuterie?

Charcuterie is a French term derived from the root woods of chair, ‘meat,’ and cuit, ‘cooked.’ Defined as a style of cooking that produces prepared meats, such as bacon, salami, pepperoni, and sausage, the term charcuterie has evolved in popular culture to represent a meat and cheese tray with fruits, spreads, pickled items, bread, and so much more! In summary, a charcuterie board stands for a good time! 

Charcuterie

 

How to make a charcuterie board

Start with your anchors - the big wedges of cheese, and small bowls of jams, olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, nuts, whatever you want! These big pieces will give you a framework to build your charcuterie board around. Remember: to really achieve that eye-catching Pinterest-worthy look, you want color, abundance, and variety! By beginning with your larger foods and bowls, you’ll be able to space them out in a way that looks pleasing to the eye!

 

How to make a charcuterie board with Montana meats


What do you need to make a charcuterie board?

The Surface

Searching for that perfect cutting/serving board to prepare and serve your charcuterie? We've got you covered! Here at Montana Gift Corral, we carry a wide selection of cutting/serving boards that are sure to impress even your most finicky of guests!

Without a doubt, you can make a beautiful and delicious charcuterie board with what you have around the kitchen. All you need is a wooden cutting board, like our Montana bamboo cutting board. Enjoy the high-quality nature of this serving  board, while staying true to your Montana roots!

 

Another one of our favorite surfaces for showcasing your charcuterie is the Montana Shiplap Cutting Board by Totally Bamboo. Although quite similar to the previously mentioned cutting board, this option adds a distinct artistic flair through its use of stunning shiplap. Impress all of your guests with this stylish serving board!
Montana Shiplap Cutting Board

 

If you are searching for a serving board in a more traditional shape, we recommend the Small Round Cutting and Serving Board by TeakHaus! This picturesque serving board is perfect for showcasing the beauty of your creation. Its sleek circular design is beautiful, yet doesn't distract from the edible art in which it displays!

 

Small Round Cutting Board by TeakHaus

Find Your Bowls and Containers

To hold your dips, and small foods like nuts and candy, you’ll want to gather a few small dishes. Don’t overthink this! These containers don’t need to match, in fact, your charcuterie board may look more whimsical if things are mismatched. We personally love the clean look of these Dean Crouser appetizer bowls! When I made the boards shown here, I couldn’t find any dishes small enough in my house, so I actually made little pots out of tin foil to hold the chocolate covered huckleberries and huckleberry jam!

Meats and Cheeses

Meat and cheese should be your priority when it comes to making a good charcuterie board. When choosing meats, be sure to think about different texture, taste, and how they will appear on the board. I chose to use our elk summer sausage, some smoked elk jalapeno cheddar sticks, some beef teriyaki jerky, and some thinly sliced pastrami from the local grocery store.

The general same rules apply for the cheeses in your board: you want a variety textures, from hard cheese like sharp cheddar (who doesn’t love a good cheddar?) to a soft cheese like brie, and spreadable cheese, such as goat chèvre. Not only are you getting a nice variety of flavor profiles, but you’re also diversifying the appearance of your charcuterie board!

 

Elk Summer Sausage from Chalet Meats


Bread and Crackers

Now all this meat and cheese needs a vehicle to complete its journey to your taste buds! Treat yourself and your guests to a fresh baguette from your local bakery and a few types of crackers for spreading!

 

Montana Meat and Cheese Board

 

Add Fruits & Veggies

To add a pop of color and to lighten up the options on your charcuterie board, add some fruit and veggies of your choice. I opted for a sliced cucumber from our home garden and some blackberries from the grocery store, and the family loved it!

 

Montana Charcuterie Board

Garnish it!

The last thing to add to your charcuterie board should be some garnish. This can be a few sprigs of basil, edible flowers, or whatever herbs you have lying around. For our board, I grabbed some sprigs of sage from the garden for a pop of color. 

Don’t forget the chocolate!

Now, this is optional of course, but I think its fun to have something sweet involved, so I added some hunks of wild huckleberry dark chocolate and some chocolate-covered huckleberries, both from Montana companies!

 

Charcuterie Board DIY

Photos Zach Altman

Written By: Zach Altman, Alexa Jorgenson

Updated on July 8, 2021.

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