A few weeks ago we had Trevor’s cousin, Kristine, and her fiancé, Alban come to stay with us for a few days. It was great to catch up with them as they have lived in Singapore for the last few years and are making the move to India in the next couple of weeks. As usual, our conversation turned to food and we talked about French cuisine where things are often made from the most simple ingredients but so deliciously uncomplicated. Alban is from France and told us about some of his favourite types of food, such as baguettes and deli meat (although he called it something else in French that I can’t remember!) After they left, I was inspired to put together a charcuterie board full of simple, but high quality ingredients.
I had to reign myself in a few times when I went to some local shops in Saskatoon because I was making the charcuterie board for only Trevor and I! I wanted to buy a wider selection of cheese and meat but had to remind myself that it was only for 2 people. We ended up having it for dinner with some grilled chicken and some chilled beet soup (not pictured!) and it was a great way to enjoy dinner on our deck.
Here’s some tips for organizing a small board for just a few people.
- Choose 1-2 different types of cheese that are different in texture and taste. I chose a dill goat cheese and a smoked cheddar.
- Choose more than 1 type of bread/cracker to keep things interesting. I always like toasting a baguette with a bit of olive oil and garlic for making little sandwiches or to dip in spreads but it’s nice to have some crackers to switch things up.
- Make something homemade to add in. I purchased tzatziki from a deli but made garlic hummus to go with it.
- Put things on the charcuterie board that you are actually going to eat! This seems obvious but when I was browsing ideas on Pinterest, I kind of got wrapped up in looking at the boards that were massive and filled with things that looked beautiful but Trevor or I wouldn’t eat such as pretty jars of honey or a variety of olives.
What are your favourite things to put on your charcuterie board? I’m thinking of making another one for a party in a few weeks and would love to hear from you!