There’s something about a killer charcuterie board.
That’s the point. At its simplest, it’s a board with bite-sized snacks on it. At its most elegant, it’s a centerpiece that draws in your crowd.
They’re especially perfect for a beach trip, a getaway for two, a family vacation, or a family reunion.
A stellar charcuterie board is like poetry in small bites. But if you run out, it’s nothing but static. Here’s a guideline to keep everyone fed (from the bits and bites blog):
Two spreads (one savory, one sweet)
This is not a rehearsal: You’ll have a bunch of hungry folks descending on your condo from a fun day at the beach. What will you throw at them?
If you oppose any item suggested here or otherwise, leave it off. If you love food that isn’t included, add it!
Remember: There are guidelines, no rules. Some chocolates go with some cheeses. Charcuterie boards can be Whole30, vegetarian, carnivore-heavy, dollar-store inspired … the possibilities!
Recommended: Keep items of the same type from touching. No parmesan bunched up with the Gruyere. This is to build contrast on your board.
Your items shouldn’t be at war with one another. Use varying small bowls to separate certain foods, for cleanliness and convenience.
Remember: Add them first, so that you don’t have to move food around to get them in. They’re great for holding odd-shaped food and sauces.
Recommended: Fill them with artichoke hearts, fresh berries, marinated olives, and sweet peppers. Stick dried fruit and nuts around the bowls.
You’re the conductor of this train. Cut back on prep when your party arrives by working a bit ahead.
Remember: Construct your charcuterie board a few hours before. Wrap it in plastic, pop it in the fridge, and pull it out a half-hour ahead of time.
If the charcuterie board is your estate, the crackers are the golf carts you get around it in.
Remember: Buttery, flaky, and grain crackers are tops. Water crackers don’t have much flavor, which allows other savory foods to take the spotlight.
Recommended: Crackers add to the display, stacked, in a row, or fanned out. Go with a variety of crackers and even sliced bread.
Often the board is a big feature, especially wooden ones.
Remember: If you’re using it often, oiling will keep it pretty. Dry it with a towel after washing; excess water can cause damage if it sits on it.
Recommended: Use flaxseed oil, food-grade mineral oil, or hemp oil. Baking soda, kosher salt, lemons, and vinegar can combat bacteria and odors.
Pack your bags and head to Litchfield Inn for your beach getaway. Spend some time in the cabana, and enjoy excellent dining options onsite. Drop by for fresh-ground Starbucks coffee in the lobby.