How to Make a Stunning Charcuterie Board

Plus, my Sweet & Sour Pepper Relish recipe

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Elevate your holiday party with this stunning charcuterie board.


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Knives Used in this Video:

Kanso Asian Utility 7"

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Classic Master Utility 6.5"

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Tips for making a great charcuterie board:

  • Clump sections of fruit, like grapes and strawberries, as well as dried fruit like dates and apricots.

  • Invest in good salumi, and cut it yourself. The pre-cut stuff might seem easier, but trust me— the whole stuff is way more delicious.

  • Cut your cheeses into bite-size pieces that are easy for guests to eat.

  • Use a variety cuts to add texture and visual interest.

  • Opt for a variety of cheeses— hard, soft, bleu, spreadable, etc.

  • Add sweet and savory spreads, like relish, jams, honey, even salted butter.

  • Once you’ve created your board, look for gaps on the platter and fill in with crackers, more fruit, whatever you have.

  • Place a variety of crackers and breads on or around the platter.

  • Be sure to place a few small serving forks, spoons, knives and toothpicks on or near the board.


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Sweet & Sour Pepper Relish for a Charcuterie Board

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns

  • 3 fresh bay leaves

  • Pinch of nutmeg

  • Pinch of cloves

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 3 cups diced mixed hot and sweet peppers

  • Salt

Instructions

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together vinegar and sugar. Bring to a simmer, and add the peppercorns, bay leaves, nutmeg, cloves, onion and peppers. Season with salt. 

Simmer slowly until liquid is syrupy and thick, about 30 to 40 minutes.