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How to Make a Charcuterie Cheese Board

Sometimes when life calls for relaxed, stress-free dining, try an indoor picnic. Make a charcuterie cheese board as an appetizer or add more ingredients for a light meal – apéro dinatoire.  According to Saveur Magazine, the Hungarian’s have perfected this low-key form of entertaining.

We served the delicious spread with a Provence white wine from Château la Calisse. One of the best things about making a charcuterie-cheese tray is you select the ingredients that you want dependant on your tastes and budget. Enjoy this recipe with friends or as a quiet no-fuss evening on your own.

Easy Entertaining Make a Charcuterie Cheese Board

Charcuterie Cheese Board

Easy to prepare, no cooking involved and you get to choose all the ingredients. The selection below will serve 6-8 as an appetizer, or 3-4 as a meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Dish, Starter Course
Cuisine French, Italian
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 types Cured Meats, Pâtés, or Sausages
  • 3-4 types Cheeses mixture of soft, hard, mild, strong
  • some Fresh Fruit apples, pears, grapes
  • some Preserved Fruit membrillo, cren, marmalade
  • a few Condiments mustard, pickles, honey
  • mixture of Nuts
  • Bread and/or crackers

Instructions
 

  • Arrange the items on a large board or tray, and set out a little early so all ingredients come to room temperature to maximize their flavours.
Keyword Appetizer, Breads, Cheese, Sausage, Starter
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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