Charcuterie is a spread of prepared meats like prosciutto, salami, and pate. A charcuterie tray often also includes cheese as well as nuts, fruit, dips, mustard, olives, pickles, and bread.
When choosing cheese for a charcuterie board, focus a variety of tastes and textures. Include a hard cheese like aged cheddar or parmesan along with a soft and creamy cheese like burrata or brie. Then add a crumbly goat or feta cheese and a smoked gouda or provolone. And a gorgonzola or blue cheese is a great way to round out a charcuterie tray.
A large wooden platter or cutting board, a chalkboard, or a piece of slate all make great surfaces for a charcuterie tray.