A charcuterie board without cheese is like, well, PB without J. Or BL without T. Sure, a charcuterie platter with cured meats alone is tasty. But until you pair it with smoked gouda or aged cheddar; charcuterie is just rolled up protein waiting for something bigger and better to take it to greater flavor heights. Cheese gives charcuterie a lift. Cheese helps a charcuterie board become the best version of itself.
Here in Wisconsin, we like to build a charcuterie board with five or six artisan cheeses by some of our world-class, Master Cheesemakers. Because charcuterie with Wisconsin cheese? Well, that's when you know your charcuterie has really fulfilled its purpose in life.
Take a spin through our website to find cheese charcuterie recipes, or scroll down for tips on building your own charcuterie board.
Here are a few suggestions for building a fabulous charcuterie board for any occasion.
A charcuterie board is a platter or serving of cured meats that is typically accompanied by a selection of cheeses, jams and spreads, nuts and mustards, fresh and dried fruits, pickled and roasted vegetables, and bread or crackers.
If your charcuterie board is small enough to fit in a refrigerator, you can build it several hours ahead, wrap it in cellophane and refrigerate it. Be sure to take it out 30 minutes before serving to allow the cheese to come to room temperature. For larger boards or for boards that are delicately arranged and may not survive a trip to the fridge and back, you can start to build your charcuterie board 30 minutes before the party begins.
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Every charcuterie board has its fingers crossed that Wisconsin Cheese will be in the mix. That's because, how do we say this, Wisconsin makes the tastiest, most award-winning, highest-quality cheese on the planet, and we've got 5,552 awards (more than any other state or country in the world) to prove it. Our cheesemakers have been mastering traditions and creating their own innovations for 175 years, since even before Wisconsin was a state. Today, we produce more flavors, varieties, and styles of cheese than anywhere else in the world.
So, when you feel your charcuterie board is longing to be adorned with the finest cheese you can lay your hands on, go ahead and give it Wisconsin cheese.
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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.