Freshest ingredients make up this appetizing tray.

Create Your Own Charcuterie Tray

When I make a charcuterie tray, I thrown the rules out the window and create it just the way we like it.  The range of favors and textures never disappoints, no matter what type of wine we decide to open. Create your own charcuterie tray to serve as an appetizer or enjoy as a romantic meal by following a few suggestions.

 

New version of the charcuterie.

 

The key to creating a great spread is selecting foods with a variety of flavors so that every bite is a fresh experience.

Using some or all of categories below as a guide, see what combinations you can pull together.

  • 4 to 5 cheeses mixing savory, sharp and mild
  • 2 to 3 meats
  • Dried or fresh fruits
  • Dried or fresh vegetables
  • Nuts or seeds
  • Something spicy or sweet
  • Toasted bread or plain crackers

Instead of using a traditional cutting board, I loaded everything onto a tray and placed it on the coffee table. The galvanized tray is lined with brown parchment paper squares. Then I added a slim cutting board set at an angle, to make space for meats and small dishes on another level.

 

Simple dining with a charcuterie tray.

 

Each time I create a charcuterie board or tray I experiment with new combinations. I also like to included something unexpected. This time it’s a small plate of cream cheese with Pickapeppa Sauce drizzled on top. It has a little kick of spice which compliments some of the milder flavors on the tray. The other small plate of cream cheese is topped with fig preserves for a sweet traditional taste.

 

Easy to serve with a cheese knife and fork.

 

Ingredients for this charcuterie tray

  • Double Gloucester Cheese
  • White sharp cheddar
  • Smoked blue cheese
  • Aged gouda
  • Cream cheese with fig preserves
  • Cream Cheese with Peckapeppa Sauce
  • Mozzarella wrapped with prosciutto
  • Hard Salami
  • Fresh cherry tomatoes
  • Kalamata olives
  • Dried Okra
  • Dried Mango
  • Pistachios
  • Raw almonds
  • Plain Crackers and toasted bread slices

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Create your own charcuterie tray, just the way you like it.

 

Thank you so much for joining me today. Do you enjoy making a charcuterie board during the holidays? If so, tell me your speciality.

Cheers!

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6 thoughts on “Create Your Own Charcuterie Tray

  1. gayle olson says:

    Beautiful presentation, I will pin in! But a question, I always thought charcuterie referred only to the preserved meats and sausages, so this tray would be charcuterie plus? By any name it is perfect.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Hi Gayle, I love your description of a “charcuterie plus”. You’re correct, traditionally a charcuterie tray would be preserved meats. However it’s so much fun finding new and interesting flavor combinations, that I have a hard time following the rules.

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you! Yes we do eat off the platter, but I have been known to reserve certain favorites on a plate of my own. 😉

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