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March 25, 2022
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Charcuterie can be intimidating, but once you get past the spelling and pronunciation (shahr-kyu-tuh-ree) it's really just a mix of delicious food beautifully displayed.
Sisters Laura and Ellie from @a.lala.carte here in Cincy are charcuterie experts & can help you get started.
1. Start with one of our charcuterie boards
Ellie suggests starting with 2-3 of your favorite meats and cheeses. Crowd pleasers include salami, pepperoni, gouda and manchengo.
The more variety the better to appeal to your entire guest list.
Make a salami rose by layering pieces in a shot glass then flipping upside down.
Position largest items first then smaller. Laura likes to start with any wet items in a dish (think pickles or a jam) then the main items like meats and cheeses.
Criss crossed cheesed slices, rolled up pepperoni or making a cheese star in the middle can be eye catching, but there's no one way to make a board.
@a.lala.carte likes to use lots of ingredients, but if you only have a few just split them up and position a few places around the board.
Laura jokes that traditional charcuterie is a grown-up lunchable, and while traditional charcuterie involves meat the modern version can be anything you want.
Check out this kid-friendly fruit board the sisters made for a birthday.
The fabulous thing about serving charcuterie at your own party is that there are no rules. Have fun building your board and enjoy!
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