How-To

How to Make Easy Charcuterie Boards

For your friends, family, and whomever else you're sharing a meal with, learn our experts' best tips for creating the ultimate charcuterie board.

  1. Start with the Meats

    Prosciutto

    Choose a variety of cured meats ranging from finnocchiona, hot and mild soppressata, prosciutto de Parma, and speck. Your Hy-Vee butcher will be able to help you decide how much of each one to buy. As a general rule of thumb, plan on 2 to 3 ounces of meat per person for an appetizer party.

  2. Just Add Cheese

    Cheese

    If you're sticking with a traditional Italian theme, select some of Italy's world renowned cheeses—Parmigiano Reggiano, Asiago, Provolone, Aged Gorgonzola, or Fresh Mozzarella. If you’re not sure, your Hy-Vee cheesemonger will be able to guide you through the selection process (and offer tasty samples).

  3. Jam On

    Jam on Brie

    Adding jams, fresh or dried fruits, and different selections of honey to your board will brighten the appearance of the platter and allow guests to create their own sweet and savory pairings.

  4. The Bread Base

    Toasted Italian Bread

    La Mole Crosti (flavored toasted bread) or Sfornatini (thin breadsticks) imported from Italy by Hy-Vee add a can’t-get-enough crunch while serving as edible vessels for meats, cheeses, and dips. You can even pre-wrap several thin breadsticks with thin slices of prosciutto to get things started. Grilled Pane Tuscano is also a popular bread accompaniment for charcuterie boards. Simply rub the bread with a smashed clove of garlic and drizzle with olive oil before grilling.

  5. The Grand Garnish

    Charcuterie Board

    Round out your board with nuts, olives, whole grain mustard, or pickled vegetables. Remember, it’s your board, so get as creative as you like. Just be sure to leave room in between items so guests can easily dig in as the cravings strike.

  6. Pass the Vino

    Charbuterie plate

    Light and fruity red or white wines and even Proseccos are best paired with antipastos like charcuterie, but just remember one simple rule: When it comes to wine, if you don’t like it, don’t drink it. Always select a wine you enjoy—even if it isn’t the classic pairing.

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