Charcuterie is a great dish for any occasion, whether you are entertaining a few friends, catering for a large party, or simply treating yourself to a treat. It’s a treat that offers options, which means there is something to meet all tastes and palates. Furthermore, a charcuterie allows you to indulge in small gourmet delicacies that you would otherwise pass up at the grocery store.
Although charcuterie boards can be made into endless combinations, the price tags for the bits and pieces can easily add up. For this reason, many people pass on charcuterie altogether, and opt for a more conventional and predictable fruit and veggie tray instead. But the truth is, charcuterie CAN be affordable, and without having to make any sacrifices on taste or quality. All you have to do is know where to look.
Continue reading to learn some budget-friendly tips for curating a charcuterie board.
Curating Your Charcuterie
A charcuterie board is simply a diverse spread of gourmet or artisanal meats, cheese, breads, condiments, vegetables, and more. The ways to prepare a charcuterie plate are infinite, and do not have to include all of the above-mentioned food groups. You can choose to be as creative as you like, using any combination of any finger foods imaginable. A good range is 3 to 5 ingredients, at least. You can use a serving tray, wooden cutting board, flat white plate, stone platter, or fancy serving ware. You can better decide on ideas by choosing a theme, seasonal items, non-regional selections, or simply your own favorite things to eat!
Although you are free to be as creative as you like, there are a few helpful guidelines to follow when preparing a charcuterie board. When it comes to meat options, be sure to have 2 ounces of meat per person. If you are feeding a larger group, increase the weight to 5 ounces per person; and be sure to serve a lot of bread for larger crowds, especially if the charcuterie is the main course. Additionally, keep a good ratio of salty, sweet, and sour for a diverse and multi-layered taste and texture experience. This will further ensure you have something for everyone!
Buying Charcuterie Items
You don’t have to visit the local gourmet grocers to make a great charcuterie plate either. Your neighborhood grocery is sure to have a special section that offers a wide range of home-made, artisanal, gourmet foods. Typically, this section is found in the deli or produce areas. Carefully read the price tags on cheeses and meats, taking into consideration the weight of each, in order to find the right items within your budget. There should also be a clearance section for last chance items, which are also great deals.
Cost-Effective Items to Consider for Your Board:
- ❧ Olives
❧ Dried Fruit
❧ Small pickles
❧ Cocktail Onions
❧ Smoked Sausage
- ❧ Paté
❧ Blood Oranges
❧ Preserves and Jams
❧ Ground Mustard
❧ Olive Oil
Come to English Ivy’s for Tasty Finger Foods and Handhelds!
Call English Ivy’s at 317-822-5070 to learn about our delicious appetizers, starters, small plates, and handhelds we have to offer. Our downtown Indianapolis pub and eatery is located in the Historic Saint Joseph Neighborhood, with both lot and street parking available, so visiting us is never a hassle! We gladly accept wall-ins, reservations, and even carryout orders. Our neighborhood prices and kind service sets us apart from other bars and restaurants around, so you will surely be pleased with our Downtown bar and restaurant!