A charcuterie board doesn’t follow a recipe, but is instead a lesson in composition. Put together the perfect charcuterie spread with diverse textures and flavors using this easy cheat sheet.

Whole-Muscle Cuts

Whole-muscle cuts of meat are shaved into slices, usually paper-thin. Common examples are proscuitto, lomo de cerdo, a cured pork tenderloin often just referred to as lomo, and bresaola, beef tenderloin that’s been air-dried and salted.

Dry-Cured Meat

When using dry-cured meat such as salami or mortadella on a charcuterie board, mix it up with complementary and contrasting flavors. For example, a chorizo with a strong garlic flavor or a spicy sopressata should be balanced by something with a sweeter flavor profile, like mild and buttery saucisson sec.

Cheese

When pairing cheese with charcuterie, it is all about opposites. One element needs to contribute a sensation of tart, citrusy, mouth-watering brightness to cut the fat and protein of the other. Charcuterie board staple cheeses are soft creamy blue or Brie, a pungent washed-rind variety, a hard aged salty cheese, a tangy goat cheese, and something sharp.

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled vegetables complement the rich and salty flavors of meats and cheeses. Pickled items like red peppers, cucumbers, carrots, olives and red onions are a palate cleanser in between bites.

Bread/Crackers

As a textural contrast, serve crusty bread, plain crackers, plain breadsticks or plain crostini. Mellow tasting items allow the flavor profile of the cheese and charcuterie to be at the forefront.

Mustards

Mustards, made with a variety of sweet and savory herbs and spices, add complex flavor to a board. The tangy and spicy flavors also balance the richness of the cheeses and meats.

Something Sweet

Add a sweet component like an infused honey or jam to counterbalance the salty and fatty cheeses and meats. Dried fruit like apricots, cranberries or figs are also a nice complement to a charcuterie board.

We traveled all over Italy to bring back some of best products the old country has to offer. And as much as we would like to keep them for ourselves, we are going to share them with all of you! We will be hosting demos for some of our favorite items in various stores.

Check out the locations below and use our STORE LOCATOR to find your store!

 

 

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Check out our Top 12 Authentic Italian Products Not To Miss During Schnucks Taste Of Italy blog for information on other products!

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As you’ve probably heard, we took a little trip to Italy in search of some of the best authentic Italian products for you. From pasta and gelato to soda and wine, we’ve got it all! Here are 12 of our favorites that you must try during the Taste of Italy 2016.

Selection may vary by store. While supplies last.

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Written by: Tom Platten


On your next trip to Schnucks, instead of entering your favorite grocery store, you may feel as if you have taken the 5,000-mile trip to Italy! Between February 17th and March 8th, 2016 Schnucks will be featuring a “Taste of Italy 2016.” Stores will be offering hundreds of authentic Italian products that we’ve personally selected from our trip to the old country.

In addition to the many authentic Italian foods you can experience while shopping at Schnucks, you will also have an opportunity to win a 2016 FIAT® 500 Pop (first prize) as part of the sweepstakes. Enter here! The second-prize winner will receive a six-night trip for two to Rome, Italy! Winners will be announced via Facebook and Twitter on March 14th, 2016.

For The Taste of Italy, we decided to go direct to the source for authentic Italian food and wine. “Where did they go?”, you may ask. Well, we’ll tell you!

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