Charcuterie is For Everyone: Making Your Own Board and Atlanta Area Vendors

With the holidays here, it’s a good time to start thinking about appetizers for your parties, whether you are a guest or host. Charcuterie boards are an easy and impressive addition to your holiday entertaining spread.

Charcuterie is For Everyone: Making Your Own Board and Atlanta Area VendorsCharcuterie means “deli” in French, so a charcuterie board is basically a spread of various deli cured meats and hams, cheeses, and other items like crackers, fruits, nuts, olives, pickled vegetables, and beyond! There are countless ways to make a charcuterie board, so feel free to flex your creative muscles here.

Here are a few tips to start making your own board, but remember you can customize them however you please with foods that you and your guests will enjoy. If time is not on your side, I’ll also share several Atlanta area vendors where you can pick up a prepared board instead.

Start with a board and some greenery

Any pretty platter will do, but charcuterie is typically presented on a wood board, either rectangular or circular. Green leaves make a beautiful base for your board. Try hydrangea leaves, fig leaves, or any large flat green leaf and arrange them on the bottom of your board. Even large flat kale leaves would work!

Add some height

Start by stacking a large bunch of grapes just off-center on the board. Grapes give a nice pop of color and add a centering visual interest for you to build around. From there you can add your other taller items, like a glass with long, rectangular crackers, a ramekin or pickled vegetables, or your favorite jam or honey. The idea is to start with your tallest items at various places on the board and fill in from there.

Place your cheeses

It’s a good idea to select at least three types of cheeses with a variety of textures. Typically a firm cheese (think Manchego, Gruyere, aged Gouda, or sharp Cheddar), a softer cheese (think Brie, fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Burrata, or Havarti), and a goat or blue cheese (Camembert, Gorgonzola, or Stilton) are a great place to start. Arrange them around the taller items, leaving them in their entire block or wedge, and slice off a couple of pieces to start it with a cheese knife. The varying appearances of those three types of cheeses make a beautiful presentation on the board.

Place your meats

Like the cheeses, you want to select meats with a variety of flavors and textures. Check your local deli for their selection of salami, as it has a nice texture and several different flavor profiles. Genoa, Finocchiona, and Soppressata are all great salami choices. Prosciutto di Parma is another great addition that has more of a buttery and smooth texture. Fold larger prosciutto slices in half width-wise and then once moreover to make a neat little triangle. Group your meats together by type and lay slices neatly on the board.

Fill in the board

This is where you can really let your creativity shine and add in little snacks and treats that you and your guests will enjoy. Fill in the spaces between the large items, cheeses, and meats with things like sliced figs, dried apricots, fresh berries, pistachios, cashews, cheese straws, and crackers. The key is to keep like items together, rather than scattered around the board, for a simple and cohesive look.

Charcuterie is For Everyone: Making Your Own Board and Atlanta Area VendorsIf you would rather support a local shop to purchase your board, check out these great vendors.

Charcuter-Lea

Based in Milton and serves surrounding areas as well. Check out their Facebook and Instagram at @charcuterlea for additional information

The Charcuterie Chick

They offer delivery with a fee within Metro Atlanta (and a few select suburbs), as well as free pickup at various locations within the Buckhead/Sandy Springs area. Be sure to visit their FAQ page to find out more information.

Graze Atlanta

A commercial kitchen based in Inman Park with free pickup available at their location and delivery available in limited ITP locations.

Graze and Vines

Located in Duluth, these boards are available for both delivery and pick up and vary by size and price.

What do you like to add to your charcuterie board? Are there other great local vendors we missed? Please add them in the comments!

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Tara Sierra
Tara was raised in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She is taking a break from the corporate world to focus on raising her children, along with caring for her aging parents and volunteering. She enjoys sharing ideas on wellness, sustainability, staying engaged during a career break, and preserving family memories. Tara and her husband spent years traveling the world before kids, and plan to continue the tradition with them. When she squeezes in some free time, you might find her practicing yoga, writing, reading, or curating family photo books.

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