As you know, platters are one of my favorite party essentials: ready in five, absolutely delicious and really entertaining. Cheese-y or Meat-y it’s often a top choice when you have people at home!
Here are some tips from a French girl -who loves to easy and tasty appetizers with friends- to create the most epic Charcuterie Platter:
Each French will have a Saucisson on his board. It’s a very classic but acclaimed option! If you’re going for hot, pick up some Chorizo or Sopressata.
Pâté or/and Rillettes
To add some texture to your meat assortment (which is very important!) add a Pâté or a Rillettes . These creamy & flavorful spreads are a must-have on your platter. Simply spread on bread and enjoy!
Try Coppa or Jamon Serrano. If you want to go fancy (just saying!), Jamon Bellota is to me the best ham ever made!
To cut through the richness of the meat, go with bright and acidic flavors. You can’t go wrong with a grainy Dijon mustard. Or go with the crunchiness of the Cornichon, a French favorite. These small French pickles, slightly spicy and marinated in an aromatic blend, are just perfect to pair with the smoothness of the spreadable meat preparation.
If you like the sweet & savory mix, you should have a jam or a spreadable chutney somewhere on your Charcuterie Platter. I usually love a –not too sweet- fig jam , but my favorite is clearly the Onion Confit that comes from Les Cévennes, near my birthplace.
Last but not least, one of the most important one of any Charcuterie platter. Because meat without carbs and bread is an absolute no go! From a French Baguette to crunchy toasts or seedy crackers you have plenty of choice.
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She is the co-founder of Bon Appétit Box. She was born & raised in Montpellier in the South of France and then spent 5 years exploring the culinary offerings of Paris. In her free time she loves to walk on the beach watching the sea scenery in every season. When she comes back to France, her favorite thing is to sit on terrace with friends and enjoy some cheese (she’s a fan of Roquefort!) with a glass of red wine of course!