Charcuterie boards elevate any social gathering. They jazz up a simple movie night and really just make the worst day a little bit better. A good charcuterie board is versatile, and there’s no wrong way to make one (unless your brie isn’t warmed up, then there may be some issues). Luckily for connoisseurs, most grocery stores carry array of selections available to create the perfect board that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters. The most important aspects of a great charcuterie board are cheeses, crackers, meats, sweet and savory accompaniments, and if you are feeling extra, fancy baguettes or rolls.
Cheeses: Choose a variety of soft and hard cheeses and cheeses made from different milks (goat, sheep, cow). A good tip is to choose at least one cheese that most everyone’s comfortable with, especially if you are making a large board for a crowd. Examples of soft cheeses include brie, Havarti, and burrata, while hard cheeses include cheddar, gruyere, or gouda.
Crackers: There are so many crackers on the market right now, but why not pair your board with a brand that focuses on bettering the environment with its production process? Airly® Oat Clouds™ offer several flavors that would pair well with either a sweet or savory charcuterie board, including Cheddar Oat Clouds, Chocolate Oat Clouds, Sea Salt Oat Clouds and Salted Caramel Oat Clouds. Our cheddar crackers would pair well with goat cheese, prosciutto, and red jelly to give you that satisfying crunch and yummy taste you expect from your charcuterie board cracker variety.
Accompaniments: Some examples of savory accompaniments include, but are not limited to, nuts like candied pecans, almonds, or cashews. Briny, pickled, or marinated options like pickles, bruschetta, and stuffed olives are a great addition and add a unique zing. To wrap up the entire experience, finishing it off with sweet extras like chocolate, sweet spreads, or dried/fresh fruit will add a nice pop of color to the board and balance the savory and tart side of the board.
Meats: Choices like salami, ham, cured chorizo, prosciutto, and summer sausage are great options but not the only ones that would complement your charcuterie board. Meat isn’t also a steady requirement for a good board. Veggie boards are also incredibly popular and are just as tasty.
The sky is truly the limit when it comes to charcuterie boards and what you can put on them. Airly offers several flavors that would work on various boards and satisfy anyone’s taste buds. The best thing about Airly is that we actively combat climate change with our production process and are always looking for new ways to improve our practices. You can help in the initiative by simply purchasing Airly Oat Clouds, sitting back, and snacking – how easy is that? We also love to see the ways our customers use the Oat Clouds in their day-to-day lives, whether it be on a large charcuterie board for twenty of your friends or a handful of them in your kid’s lunchbox with some fruity yogurt. We want to see how you incorporate us into your daily lives, tag us on Instagram (@airlyfoods) and give us a follow to stay up to date on all of our upcoming news and events.
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