What is charcuterie? By definition, charcuterie, (pronounced “shar-ku-tuh-ree”) is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and meat products. This French term, which originated centuries ago, only recently gained popularity as the trend of charcuterie boards has skyrocketed to high status.
So, why is charcuterie suddenly all the rage? First of all, it’s a casual, yet intimate way to enjoy food. A charcuterie board promotes gathering and conversation. It also sparks aesthetic and culinary interest, causing guests to linger longer and create lasting memories.
Second, because of the variety offered on a charcuterie platter, there is something for everyone. Every pallet, dietary need, or food restriction will be satisfied from the multiple offerings on a single board. In addition to cured meats, traditional charcuterie boards offer fruits (both dried and fresh), pickled vegetables, nuts, seeds, cheeses, crackers, and dips such as honey, jam, or hummus.
Third, charcuterie boards are beautiful to look at and as the saying goes, pretty food is more fun to eat!
The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity; charcuterie boards are a true form of art!