How to Make the Perfect Charcuterie Platter

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charcuterie2A charcuterie platter is a simple and delicious solution for easy entertaining this holiday season.

To start, pick and choose from a selection of cured, smoked and dried meats like Fra’ Mani salami, a fine, traditional salami available in our specialty cheese department. “The key to a unique board is finding a balance between textures whether using pâtés, salami and prosciutto,” says Mary Gordon, our specialty cheese manager. She suggests a dry salami, paired with a soft, flavorful pâté, and perhaps adding cured ham or smoked salmon.

You can add crispy crackers or a fresh baguette, fruit like grapes, pears, figs and apples, jam or fruit chutney, olives, pickled vegetables, nuts and cheese to round out your charcuterie platter. Keep it simple so not to overwhelm. Arrange your selections on a wooden or slate board and let the festivities begin. Guests can hand-pick from your curated board to please their palate. Bon Appetite!