Time to Plan a Party – Making a Killer Charcuterie Plate


We all know I love a good party and planning one I love even better!  Today I want to highlight one of my favorite and easiest things to put together which is….a charcuterie plate!  Whether it’s a get together with family & friends or holiday party a good charcuterie plate is always a crowd pleaser!

I think what I love most about putting together one of these is that it can satisfy such a big crowd with a diverse group of people .  You can be a purist who only uses the finest of seasonal ingredients to someone who finds a plethora of delicacies to impress your guests.

I personally do a little of both, if it’s a holiday party for a smaller crowd I like to tailor my choices to fit my guests and my menu for the evening.  If it’s a bigger party with guests I may not know, I like to do a big spread that everyone can find something they can enjoy!

Check out below my “how to make a killer charcuterie plate”.  Bon Appetite!

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It all starts with the tray! I’ve been searching for the right wooden tray that I could use for not only charcuterie but for my banchan for Korean BBQ’s, pizza parties, etc. Once you find the tray, the hardest part is complete! I usually try to find a good mix of cured meats, hard and soft cheeses, seasonal fruit, crackers or bread, olives, honey and jams. I usually place them on the board, wrapped and sometimes in the containers so I can figure out placement.

 

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I love to using serving pieces like marble and wood bowls, it helps pull it all together creating a very layered look.

 

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The figs (which are in season now) and red grapes lightens up a heavy plate of charcuterie and adds a very organic pretty element to the plate. This plate was meant for over 40 people so it’s definitely over the top filled with a variety of items, but it was perfect for this evening with friends.

 

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These figs are gorgeous on their own. Love the colors and how they look grouped on a wood cutting board.

 

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You know your dish was a success when after 2 refills it still looks empty at the end of the evening! For some additional charcuterie inspiration take a look at some other plates I’ve put together below for other get togethers or parties.

 

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This was a plate I put together for a smaller get together a dear friend and I hosted. I was quick to sign up for the appetizers and immediately knew this is what I wanted to create for the evening.  We borrowed this great tray from a friend and I really enjoyed putting together a beautiful and more restrained tray for a more intimate group. My friend made the most fab mostarda and I loved how I grouped together the different colors, textures and elements I got from some of my favorite markets.

 

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This was a smoked fish plate I put together last Christmas. I purchased my fish from Gjusta in Venice and pickled my own onions to serve with. If you are not into cured meats this is a great alternative.

Happy Eating!

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