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How to style the perfect Halal Charcuterie Board


NOTE: Edited December 2020. This post was originally published in the 2017 summer edition of Halal Foodie Magazine. With the magazine now retired, some links are no longer functioning. The Original article has been placed below.


The one thing I have always wanted to order at a restaurant is a totally Instagrammable charcuterie board.

It’s almost become a staple menu item at some of the best restaurants in the city and although I can’t order it there, I can certainly put it together at home. With all the cheeseboards I have obsessively collected since being engaged, it’s definitely a sign.

A good board is put together with the best combination of ingredients for a charcuterie which includes cold cuts (obviously!), cheese, spreads, nuts, fruits, veggies, crackers and bread. The actual definition of charcuterie is ‘a collection of cold cut meats‘, and with the fast-paced progress of the North American halal meat industry, this couldn’t be a better time to share how to make this perfect charcuterie board.

Ready to get started? Below is a full breakdown on how to craft the perfect halal charcuterie board. [Original – Flip to page 36 of the Summer 2017 issue of Halal Foodie Magazine for the full breakdown.] Pin this handy guide on How to Charcuterie for later so you can finally accomplish those #PinterestGoals!

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Article Excerpt:

One thing I’ve been wanting to do for a while is put together a charcuterie board. It’s one of those things that I gaze at longingly while the server walks toward a different table. This sophisticated dish is something that should be at every dinner party table! 

In order to achieve the perfect board, you need to put together a combination of the following items:

  • Sliced cold cuts
  • Cheese – both hard and soft 
  • Fruits – both fresh and dry 
  • Veggies 
  • Nuts
  • Crackers 
  • Bread
  • Sauces/spreads
  • Garnish  

Below you can find what I chose from within these categories to put together the perfect mouth-watering charcuterie board.  

Cold cuts:

  • Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Mortadella 
  • Salami
  • Smoked meat 

Cheeses:

Soft: 

  • Baked Brie 
  • Chipotle goat cheese 

Hard:

  • Havarti (sliced) 
  • Cheddar 
  • Vintage Gouda

Fruits/Nuts:

  • Blackberries
  • Purple grapes (keep them on the vine
  • Figs 
  • Dried apricot 
  • Olives 
  • Walnuts 
  • Caramelized cashews 

Breads/Crackers:

  • Sliced ciabatta 
  • Toasted crudités slices 
  • Paris toast 
  • Artisanal crackers (multigrain or slightly flavoured ones work best) 

The last thing would be add a small bowl or jar of honey to balance out some of savoury notes or any type of sweet chutney or even a preserve.Place these all on a beautiful wooden or even marble cheese board and let your guests dig in!

With so many options and the possibility of endless results, will you give this a try? 

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How to style the perfect Charcuterie Board

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