With the Super Bowl taking place this upcoming weekend, countless watch parties are guaranteed to be held across the nation – and where people gather – people eat. No matter what team you root for, the big game is a great occasion to serve up some of your favorite food and drink, whether you’re hosting or a guest. While party staples like nachos, wings, and dips are great to satisfy any crowd, the charcuterie board remains another ideal option for nearly any social gathering – this includes the Super Bowl! In today’s blog, we’ll be taking a look at how to create the perfect charcuterie board for your Super Bowl watch party. If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for tips and tricks to create the ultimate charcuterie board!
What a Charcuterie Board Consists Of
Though the word charcuterie originates from French (literally translating to “products of a pork butcher”), the dish has evolved and expanded over time, now coming in a wide variety of iterations. In the early days of the dish, French charcuterie boards mainly featured meat, specifically pork products, but modern charcuterie boards have rewritten the rules by including cheese, bread, olives, grapes, and even strawberries. As such, when preparing your charcuterie board for the big game, it can be fun to get in touch with your creative side!
Preparing Your Charcuterie Board
As mentioned, charcuterie boards are typically centered around an assortment of pork products, which are served either cold or at room temperature. This includes, but is not limited to, salami, ham, prosciutto, terrines, sausage, bacon, and more – most of which should be easy to find at any local deli or butcher shop.
To complement the meat products, no modern charcuterie board is complete without the presence of cheese. Few things go together as well as meat and cheese – and this is no exception when it comes to your charcuterie board! When adding cheese to your board, consider using a variety of different textures, such as hard cheese, soft cheese, or even crumbly cheese, such as goat or feta cheese. We would argue that the more variety of cheese the better!
Breads, Olives, Grapes, etc.
Once you have your meat and cheese down, which are arguably the two most important components of any charcuterie board, now comes the part when you can get creative! Bread has become a popular choice for boards, as its texture offsets the meat and cheese well. In addition to this, many have includes olives, as their flavor seems to pair well with the other foods. Finally, fruits such as grapes and strawberries have even made an appearance on charcuterie boards. At this stage of crafting your charcuterie board, the only limit is your imagination!
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