Charcuterie is the culinary art of preparing meat products such as bacon, salami, ham, and sausage, and it’s suddenly all the rage. Why?

Well as the saying goes, “Everything old is new again”. Like many traditional foods that are making a comeback, charcuterie is a culinary art developed from necessity; it is the way meats were preserved long before the days of refrigeration. And just like pickles, fermented vegetables, home drafted beer, broth and kombucha, charcuterie has been revived and brought front and center by the traditional food movement. And in my humble opinion front and center is exactly where it deserves to be. That said, arranging a platter is intimidating to some people. So here are my tips on How to Make a Holiday Charcuterie Platter!
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Choosing Ingredients: Sweet, Salty, Savory and Spicy!

Every charcuterie platter should have a wonderful combination of flavors. When shopping keep on mind you need a sweet, salty, savory and spicy component to have a well rounded board. The ‘sweet’ on this platter is provided by seasonal fruit. The cured meats, kalamata olives and lightly salted crackers and nuts from Back to Nature provide the ‘salty’ and of course the cheeses provide the savory! So what did I do for spicy? I added a spicy cranberry jam on top of a round of soft goat cheese. Yum!

Start with The Trimmings and Arrange Asymmetrically

When assembling a charcuterie platter I begin with some kind of greenery,…

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