Charcuterie , originally created in France, Italy and Germany, is a popular event guest. Create your own for your next event and guests will surely indulge. The components can vary but traditionally include:
Meats: The focus of the platter - the most popular choices include Prosciutto, Coppa, Bresaola or Salami. Choose just one meat or have two or three for variety.
Bread: Get an artisan bread from your local baker or supermarket. A thick outer crust with a soft center is preferred but you can switch it up with a variety of crackers, if you like.
Cheese: The most popular cheeses seen on charcuterie platter include Gorgonzola, Brie and goat's cheese. Include a brick of bleu cheese along side the milder cheese for a different flavor.
Fruit and nuts: Fruit adds color to your platter while nuts add texture. Try caramelized pears or roasted almonds
This easy to maintain, yet classy appetizer will set the tone for the kind of evening that you want to host.