Derived from the french words for flesh (chair) and cooked (cuit) which was started in the 15th century and involved using offal and all aspects of the meat. The traditional process of using salt to cure meats dates back to the Roman empire nearly 2,000 years ago like for salumi such as prosciutto.
The word originated in France, and it translates to "pork-butcher shop." While the original French translation refers to pork, modern charcuterie boards include other types of food like pate, cheese, crackers, fruit, nuts, and dips
"Good cheese always leads to good conversation, you pour the wine - i'll cut the cheese"~anonymous
Charcuterie in the 15 century was created from an age where there was no refrigeration and the needs to preserve your meats was important, so people had to find ways to sustain their shelf life of their foods. Thus, things such as smoke, salt, and aging were used in order to alter the texture of the meat and give it stable shelf life. You can certainly choose to scale down your meat or cheese options by keeping it simple, as there is truly no right or wrong on how to enjoy a nice plate of charcuterie.
What is typically on a charcuterie plate?
- Cured meats
- Various cheeses – Nice cheeses and meats are generally on the pricier side. So you can be selective here to suit your budget
- Olives, pickles and/or nuts
- Dried Fruits
- Crackers or small slices of bread
- Jelly or Jam to use with your cheese
The options on how to serve up a well rounded charcuterie are truly endless, be creative and try new things. The most enjoyable part is the company around you and the conversations to be had.
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