Cheese and Charcuterie Addict

Cheese and Charcuterie Addict

charcuterie platterI had never heard of a charcuterie platter before.  I’m not fancy; I don’t go to fancy places to eat.  Most restaurants we go to have appetizers, not charcuterie platters.  However, put some cheese in front of me and I’m in heaven.

For those of you that don’t know what a Charcuterie platter is, I did a bit of research and here goes:

  • Charcuterie platters are primarily a variety of cold meats that are salted, brined, smoked, and/or cured, such as pâté, prosciutto, salami, chorizo, and mortadella, just to name a few.
  • Mild red wines are a great accompaniment, as it opens up the flavors of each meat.
  • Because it’s an appetizer of sorts, usually 5 oz or so of each meat should be plated per person.
  • Crackers are not typically invited to the party, as it takes away from the meat, so soft thin sliced baguettes with a bit of butter or olive oil will do and maybe some crunchy bread sticks for variety to balance out the fattiness of each meat.
  • A strong acid, such as pineapple bites, mandarins, or even grapes are great for in between meat tasting to clean the palate before the next bite.
  • Jelly and/or chutney add some flavor for those that like a bit of sweet and salty in each bite.

I’m sure I might be leaving out some stuff, but for the most part, that’s exactly what a charcuterie platter consists of, meats, not cheeses as most people assume.  Considering I’m an “appetizers and desserts” kind of gal, being introduced to a charcuterie board has got me hook!  However, do you know what also goes great with this!?!  A great cheese platter!!!

It’s a proved fact, cheese is addicting.  Long story short, it messes with the dopamine receptors in the brain and violá, you’re hooked!  This explains my need to have cheese with every meal, even if it’s just sprinkled on top.  What’s ALWAYS in my fridge?  Cheese, of course!

My love of cheese has magnified with the introduction of charcuterie platters into my life.  I love to combine the two and make adult versions of lunchables.  There are no hard rules; it’s whatever your little heart desires.  I combine some soft speadable cheeses with slices of others, a variety of salami, chorizo and prosciutto, maybe some grapes, or jalapeño jelly, honey drizzled almonds, and of course some bread and gluten free crackers for my little one.  Try it, enjoy it, fall in love and tell me what you think!

-Sandra

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