Charcuterie meat is great and all, but on its own it can be little…uninspiring. A tad one-note. Dare we say, monotonous? To create a killer culinary encounter, charcuterie needs friends. So next time your prosciutto feels a little plain, your bresaola seems a bit boring, or your jamon is causing you to yawn, just introduce your charcuterie meat to some Wisconsin Cheese.
Try pairing a Wisconsin blue cheddar with some coppa and watch the relationship bloom. Treat your salami to a ricotta salata and see the sparks fly. And when you're ready to get this party started, introduce your finocchiona to a Wisconsin fontina.
You'll find platters full of interesting Wisconsin cheeses on our website. Search our index to find recipes for gourmet cheese platters and lots of other dishes. Or read on for suggestions on ways to spice up your charcuterie cheese board.
When choosing ingredients for a charcuterie tray, the goal is to provide ingredients with an array of tastes and texture while also focusing on color and appearance. Here are our best recommendations for your charcuterie board shopping list.
Bread and accents
The official definition of charcuterie is a collection of cured meats, but most people use the term to refer to a spread that also includes cheese, fruit, vegetables, nuts, spreads, mustards, and bread or crackers.
Charcuterie is pronounced "shahr-KOO-tuh-ree" or "shahr-koo-tuh-REE." The word is French in origin.
You can serve charcuterie meat on any attractive surface. Wooden, stone, or marble cutting boards work well. If you use a slate or chalkboard surface, you can write the names of each cheese on the board in chalk.
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Here in Wisconsin, choosing the best cheeses for a charcuterie board is no easy task. That's because every Wisconsin cheese is vying for the Best Cheese title.
Some of our cheeses have reached that lofty mark. We've got asiagos and parmesans, for example, that have beat out their counterparts in Italy to win Best in Class awards at the World Championship Cheese Contest. And we have lots of other varieties that have come darn close. In fact, Wisconsin cheeses have taken home more than 5,552 cheese awards – more than any other state in the country and any other country in the world.
That's what happens when a whole state is dedicated to doing one thing really well – making the best, tastiest, highest-quality cheese in the world. So next time you want to impress your dinner guests, pair your charcuterie meat with some Wisconsin cheese. With 600+ styles, flavors, and varieties to choose from, it's easy to find an amazing cheese for every palate.
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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.