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Charcuterie: Then and Now
From pâté to pairings
Charcuterie is a French term used to describe preparing meat products. Anything from ballotines to bacon qualifies for this culinary art.
When you look at a modern charcuterie spread, you’ll find cheese, fruit, nuts, crackers, and various spreads as part of the dining or snacking experience. Just pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back with your friends, and savor the assortment of flavors and textures.
The flavor combinations of charcuterie are near endless. Here are a few of our favorite pairings.
What Makes a Great Flavor Pairing?
It's all about Contrast.
Sweet and savory. Crunchy and smooth. When it comes to unforgettable flavor combinations, contrast is where its at.
Brie and Fig - Sweet & Salty
Brie and fig make a classic but memorable pairing, especially with some crispy crostini. With this perfect combination, you'll experience crunchy, creamy, sweet, and salty all in one unforgettable bite.
Duck Rillette and Honey Mustard - A Smooth Combination
Duck pairs well with tangy and sweet flavors. Since mustard is tangy, and honey is sweet, this flavor profile perfectly complements duck rillette.
Walnuts, Cheese, and Honey - A Savory Blend
The crunchy, earthy profile of walnut goes perfectly with aged cheddar, sheep milk, or goat milk cheeses. Try it with a soft feta for a smooth contrast. Drizzle honey on top to balance the saltiness of the feta.
Pickled Asparagus and Sausage - Tangy, Rich Goodness
Pickled asparagus is a beautiful, interesting alternative to pickles or sauerkraut. On a charcuterie board, you can pair it with meats that go well with tangy flavors, like smoked sausage or salami.
Strawberry and Bleu Cheese - A Sweet and Savory Surprise
Balance sweet and juicy strawberries with rich, tangy bleu cheese for a truly memorable taste experience. Serve this combination with toast, and your guests will surely rave about your culinary skills.
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