If a charcuterie platter is the star of the party, the star of any charcuterie platter is the cheese. Sure, technically, charcuterie is supposed to be a collection of cured meats like salami, prosciutto, chorizo, and smoked ham. But all alone on a platter, cured meats are just a one-note flavor profile. What charcuterie needs to make it shine is the creamy, nutty, tangy goodness of cheese. This meat-and-cheese duo, along with nuts, dried fruits, mustards, jams, and spreads, is what turns an ordinary party spread into a magical, culinary delight.
Here in Wisconsin, our off-the-charts charcuterie is made with selections of our award-winning artisan cheeses. Because just like macaroni and Wisconsin cheese or a great grilled Wisconsin cheese sandwich, Wisconsin cheese always takes something good and makes it great.
Browse our website for a great charcuterie recipe (as well as a great macaroni and cheese or grilled cheese recipe), or scroll down for some tips on building a better charcuterie board.
Here are some tips for creating a charcuterie and cheese board that will leave your guests speechless (and not because they'll have their mouths full of charcuterie):
Charcuterie technically refers to a collection of cured meats, but it also has come to mean a serving of a variety of cured meats with cheese, nuts, fruit, vegetables, spreads, dips, mustards and bread or crackers.
Charcuterie is a word of French origin and in English is typically pronounced "shahr-KOO-tuh-ree" or "shahr-koo-tuh-REE."
Charcuterie is most easily served on a wooden cutting board, a slate or chalkboard, or a marble slab.
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Wisconsin loves a great charcuterie platter, because what could be better than cheese and meat? Especially when your cheese is made by some of the finest cheesemakers in the world. You see, here in Wisconsin, we've been making cheese for more than 175 years, longer than Wisconsin has been a state. We're pretty proud of the amount of cheese we make (more than any other place in the world) and of the quality of cheese we make, which has earned us 5,552 cheesemaking awards (more than any other state or country in the world.) We're the only place in the world (outside of Switzerland) with a Master Cheesemakers program, and we produce roughly half of all the artisan cheese made in America.
So, when you're shopping for your charcuterie plate, sure to look for the Proudly Wisconsin Cheese™ badge on the label. That way you know you're serving the best cheese in the universe.
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In Wisconsin, we make more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese than anywhere else in the world. We believe in tradition, producing everything from Italian classics, like parmesan and ricotta, to swiss cheese and cheddar varieties. But every Wisconsin cheesemaker is an innovator as well, which is why we have so many Wisconsin originals, like colby and muenster. Whether it’s a grilled cheese sandwich, potatoes au gratin, or a charcuterie board, Wisconsin cheese makes every dish and recipe tastier.