On the surface, a charcuterie board seems like a simple hors d’oeuvre. After all, there’s no cooking involved — just take some deli meat and throw it on a cutting board and call it a day, right? Wrong. For a charcuterie plate to stand out and have a well-rounded selection, some serious thought and preparation is required.
Charcuterie hails back to an ancient, more artisanal time. The 6000-year-old process for “char cuit” involves both art and science to cook meat, poultry and seafood (in particular, pork), and preserve it through salting, poaching, curing and smoking over time. Over the past few years, the art of salting, curing, and smoking meats has muscled its way into just about every type of food outlet, from specialty delicatessens, and meat-heavy restaurants.
Charcuterie hails back to an ancient, more artisanal time. The 6000-year-old process for “char cuit”…
The best charcuterie isn’t just plates of cold cuts and cornichons, but rather an old world craft taken up with great appreciation and verve by chefs. Luckily for diners, this translates to an astounding array of cured, smoked and salted delicacies; accompanied by the equally strong and unwaning trend of pickling and preserving, a veritable smorgasbord of good eating.
Seafood charcuterie is poised to be the next big trend to make waves in the restaurant industry: platters of preserved, salted, smoked and cured fish designed for sharing.
How to assemble a kid-friendly charcuterie board:
- It’s such a great way for kids to dine because of the variety and finger friendly little pieces.
- Anything cured or smoked is usually a go! But if your kids are a little pickier offer some chicken breast, ham or bacon
- For little ones, uses cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella or Baby Bel.
- You can substitute pickles with regular baby cucumbers or carrots.
- Anything fruity and jammy works here in a cute little pot with a teeny spoon to go with it.
- Sliced apple, pear or melon will go wonderfully with the salty flavours you have on the board already.
- Sliced baguette, crostini and crackers and rice crackers work well.