Looking for a killer charcuterie recipe? Here's a little secret: the best charcuterie recipe doesn't start with meat, but with cheese. Sure, cured meats like salami, prosciutto or pepperoni are essential to a charcuterie recipe, but those slices of protein alone won't pack the ultimate flavor punch. What makes a charcuterie recipe work is the nutty, tangy goodness and the crumbly, creamy, crystalline textures of a knockout spread of cheeses. Because when you've got cheeses like cheddar, gorgonzola, and Swiss cheese together on one platter, well, that's when the flavor magic happens.
There's no single charcuterie recipe for creating a tasty meat and cheese platter, but we can offer a few tips that will help you create a stunning board every time.
A charcuterie recipe is a recipe for a platter of food that is built around cured meats and typically includes cheeses, fresh and dried fruits, roasted and pickled vegetables, nuts and mustards, jams and spreads, different kinds of bread, and crackers.
Variety is essential to any great charcuterie recipe. That means including whole-muscle meats, cured meats, and pates as well as a selection of cheeses that ranges from soft to semi-firm to hard. Adding sweet and salty ingredients like nuts and fruit preserves adds more potential for sensational flavor combinations.
For a charcuterie recipe that's meant as an appetizer, two ounces of meat and two ounces of cheese is appropriate. When the charcuterie board is the entire meal, you should select five ounces of each.
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In Wisconsin, it's no surprise that every charcuterie recipe includes selections of Wisconsin cheese. That's not just playing hometown favorites. We simply know that Wisconsin is home to the tastiest, most award-winning, highest-quality cheese in the world – and who wouldn't want that on their meat and cheese platter?
See, Wisconsin is one of those places that does one thing better than anybody else – we make amazing cheese. That's why we've won more awards than any other state or country on earth. And it's why 90% of the milk from our famed dairyland goes to making cheese. So, when you want your guests to be wowed by your brilliance in building a beautiful meat and cheese board, be sure your charcuterie recipe starts with 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.