The term “Charcuterie” is intimidating to many, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be. Defined as dry, cured and uncured meats, Charcuterie is more versatile than many would think, and the little-to-no prep makes it an ideal appetizer that will leave everyone feeling fed but not full. From prosciutto to mortadella, Charcuterie is every bit delicious as it is appealing to the eye when served alongside cheese.
“I love Charcuterie because it is the perfect complement to cheese, especially hard aged cheeses, which happen to be among my favorite. I also love how easy it is to serve Charcuterie. There’s no work involved and when thoughtfully selected, it can be a wonderful conversation piece!” – Shannon Welsh, Heinen’s Cheesemonger
To celebrate American Artisan Cheese Month, we’ve put together a Charcuterie board that welcomes itself to any additions you can imagine. Whether you’re a lover of olives or believe Marcona almonds have a place on every board, this selection is the perfect start for your next get-together.
What’s on our Charcuterie board?
- Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog
- Deer Creek Vat 17
- Mackenzie Creamery Chèvre
- Mayfield Creamery Pepper Havarti
- Zoe’s Dry Cured Coppa
- Zoe’s Uncured Finocchiona Salami
- Zoe’s Uncured Jalapeño Salami
- Zoe’s Uncured Sopressata
Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog + Uncured Finocchiona Salami: the floral character of the fennel seed in the Finocchiona pairs nicely with the sweet and tangy taste of the goat cheese.
Deer Creek Vat 17 + Uncured Jalapeño Salami: this is a more creamy and sweet, American-style cheddar which is a nice contrast to the spiciness of the jalapeño salami.
Mayfield Creamery Pepper Havarti + Dry Cured Coppa: the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess of this cheese pairs perfectly with the coppa, and the saltiness of the coppa is a nice complement to the subtle spice in the cheese.
Mackenzie Creamery Chèvre + Uncured Sopressata: add a few slices of rustic bread to your charcuterie board, spread on this chèvre and place a couple of thin Sopressata slices on top.
Last minute Charcuterie board additions:
- Marcona almonds
- Taza Chocolates
- Fresh figs
- Concord grapes
- Rustic breads
- Dried fruits
Remember to always serve your cheese and Charcuterie at room temperature; you’ll know the meats are at the right temperature because they will melt right in your mouth. Visit your local Heinen’s deli counter to find more of our favorite Charcuterie meats. A Heinen’s associate is always there to help you make the best choice for your next get-together.
For more tips on how to put together a delicious Charcuterie board, click here.