Ok, first I have to get something off my chest.
What’s pictured isn’t a charcuterie board. Charcuterie means cold cooked meats, and this board has no meat on it at all, but I’m going to insist on calling it a charcuterie board because I like that word, even if I’m always afraid I’m mispronouncing it. I could call it a vegetarian charcuterie board, but I’d want to wash my mouth out with bacon after saying that, I’m afraid.
So here’s how you make the perfect charcuterie board.
Gather a collection of the fruits, crackers, cold meats, cheeses, and jams that you most love.
Have a sister with a gorgeous cutting board. Spread the ingredients upon it (the cutting board, not the sister) in a carefully haphazard manner, while sneaking many slices of cheese for yourself.
And that’s pretty much it! That’s the beauty of meals like this- you can use whatever you have on hand, throw it on a wooden cutting board, photograph it in front of a big window, and you’ll feel like you have a perfect Instagram life.
On this particular board, we used:
- Sharp Cheddar
- Fig Jam
- Baguette Slices
- Apricot Cheese
- A variety of crackers
And we washed it down with glasses of cold milk. It was perfection. It is a meal that is sure to impress, if nothing else because the name sounds so fancy. And yet, it’s so easy to make, and most likely you have fruit and cheese on hand already. Try it! (P.S. Invite me.)