When you want to charm the tastebuds off your guests with a charcuterie tray, pay special attention to the cheese. As people leave the party, they're more likely to remember the aged cheddar than that chunk of chorizo. A creamy burst of burrata will impress more than the bresaola. And they'll crave the sharp bite of gorgonzola far more than any slice of soppressata.
When building a charcuterie cheese board in Wisconsin, it's easy to highlight the cheese because the cheese here is so freaking good. And it's plentiful, too. You could fill your charcuterie tray with 600 styles, flavors, and varieties of Wisconsin cheese and still have cheese to spare. But of course, it only takes a few Wisconsin cheeses to astonish your guests, because every cheese from Wisconsin is truly a charmer.
Cruise through our website to discover some new cheeses to add to your charcuterie board shopping list. Search our recipes to find ideas for a great wine and cheese board. Or read on for tips on building an awesome charcuterie tray.
Here are some of our favorite tips for building an unforgettable charcuterie tray.
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.
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Every charcuterie tray wants to be the center of attention. The life of the party. The thing guests remember long after the evening is over. Which is why every charcuterie tray wants to be paired with Wisconsin cheese.
Without cheese, a charcuterie tray is just a plate of warm protein. It lacks the creamy goodness of goat cheese, the salty tang of gruyere, or the crystalline crunch of aged parmesan. And with Wisconsin cheese, charcuterie knows it's getting paired with the tastiest, highest quality, most award-winning cheese on the planet. And that's enough to make any charcuterie tray a star.
So next time you're building a charcuterie tray, be sure to buy cheese with the Proudly Wisconsin Cheese badge on the label and help your charcuterie tray reach its dreams.
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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.