The best charcuterie boards focus on variety. That includes a variety of meats, from whole-muscle selections to cured meats and pates, as well as a range of cheese textures from hard to soft. You'll also want a variety of tastes on the board, so be sure to include both sweet and salty selections such as nuts, chocolate, and fruit preserves on your charcuterie board shopping list.
When shopping for meat and cheese, plan on 2 ounces of each meat and 2 ounces of cheese per person if you're serving charcuterie as an appetizer. When charcuterie is the main attraction, plan for 5 ounces of meat and cheese per person.