A charcuterie cheese board is a collection of cured meats and cheese along with complementary foods that add additional texture and taste. A charcuterie cheese board typically includes meats such as cured sausages, pates, and whole-cut meats like prosciutto, as well as a selection of cheeses that range from soft to hard in texture. A well-designed cheese and charcuterie board may also include writing crackers, fresh and dried fruits, roasted and pickled vegetables, nuts and olives, jams and spreads, and crackers and bread.
When creating your charcuterie board shopping list, a good rule of thumb for purchasing food is to plan on 2 ounces of cheese and 2 ounces of meat per guest. If the charcuterie board is meant to be the main culinary event of the evening, you can plan on 5 ounces of each per person.