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Charcuterie board by Social Pantry

How to Build the Perfect Charcuterie Board

Ideal for hosting, here's how to create a platter everyone will enjoy.

Carina Bartle
By Carina Bartle, VP Sales & Partnerships
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With the highlight of the hosting year fast approaching, you might be on the hunt for easy ways to feed your guests that look as good as they taste. Though individual canapes are always a hit, allow yourself to enjoy the party too, without the need for serving a tray, and instead opt for a Charcuterie board loaded with your favourite nibbles that your guests can help themselves to.

Choose the perfect platter

When it comes to choosing the perfect platter for your charcuterie board, size matters. You want a platter that is big enough to fit all of your desired ingredients, but not so big that it becomes cumbersome to move around or takes up too much space on your table. Consider choosing a material that is easy to clean and a design that you will want to bring out time and time again.

Opt for fresh ingredients

A well-rounded charcuterie board is not only pleasing to the eye, but it is also a culinary delight. That’s why it’s important to choose a variety of fresh ingredients that will keep your guests coming back for more. From meats and cheeses to fruits and vegetables, be sure to include a variety of flavours on your platter. Not only will this add visual interest, but it will also ensure that everyone can find something they like to eat.

When assembling your charcuterie board, always include an assortment of condiments. This will add flavour to the board and make sure that those who like things a little more spicy, salty or rich in flavour are accounted for. Some of our favourites include honey, mustard, and chutney and an assortment of infused salts.

Charcuterie board by Social Pantry, bowls of olives and wine
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Arrange your board in layers

When assembling your charcuterie board, don’t forget the importance of layering. This will make it more enticing and mean that everyone can find something they like to eat. When arranging your ingredients, think about creating layers of different flavours and textures.

One way to do this is by using different colours and shapes as a guide. Start with a base of meats or cheeses in the centre of the platter, then add in some harder fruits and vegetables around the outside. Fill in any gaps with softer fruits and nuts, then finish off with a sprinkle of herbs or spices. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your arrangement – the more unique it looks, the more impressed your guests will be.

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Accessorise the table

When hosting a party, the finishing touches can make all the difference. From stylish tableware to beautiful accessories, these details can elevate your event from good to great. Lay the table where you'll be displaying the board with a linen tablecloth, a centrepiece of fresh flowers and decorative napkins for your guests.