Scrolling through Instagram, Pinterest or your favorite food sites, it’s pretty difficult not to spot a charcuterie board or two. Charcuterie boards (or cheese plates, cheese boards, antipasto platters) have been rising in popularity, whether they’re being served at fancy dinner parties or weddings, or serving as the perfect replacement for dinner when you don’t feel like cooking.
Given how much we love the charcuterie board concept—a platter laden with meats, cheeses, crackers, jams and more—we just knew it was time to make the ultimate Washington charcuterie board.
Everything we used to create this board is a Washington-made product. Thanks to the hard work of these incredible creatives and producers, we’ve been able to source everything locally to put together the ultimate charcuterie board. Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to make a Washington State Charcuterie Board of your own.
Ingredients for a Charcuterie Board
First thing’s first, let’s talk about some of the products on here.
We were thrilled to partner with some of our favorite purveyors across Washington to put together this board. Each of these companies are based in Washington, with their products made on-site.
Salt Blade Handcrafted Meats, which are all handmade in Seattle using meat that comes from Olsen Farms in Colville. For this board, we utilized soppressata and pepperoni.
Flagship and Smoked Flagship from Beecher’s Cheese, which is Washington’s most-quintessential cheese company in our opinion. If you haven’t visited their Pike Place Market shop and watched the cheesemaking process, you definitely need to add it to your list.
Preserves from Girl Meets Dirt, which is all about celebrating the land. Incredible jams, preserves, shrubs and bitters are all made in Eastsound on Orcas Island. We used Pear Balsamic here, but any flavor will work!
Fresh Dill Pickles and Whole Green Beans from Seattle Pickle Co. This is such a delicious company, devoted to “combining & brining” fresh ingredients from the Pacific Northwest with their offerings including pickles, green beans, relish and beets.
Salted Caramel Almonds and Cinnamon Roasted Cashews from Absolutely Nuts, making handmade roasted almonds, peanuts, cashews and more in Washington.
How to Make a Charcuterie Board
Truly, there is no rhyme or reason when it comes to making a charcuterie board. If you want, it could be just as simple as throwing all of these incredible ingredients onto the board and calling it a day. The whole goal is to offer a variety of flavors and textures to mix and match, creating the ultimate snack offering or appetizer. But, if you want to do things a little less haphazardly, there are a few steps to consider.
Start With Meats and Cheeses
Start with your meats and cheeses. These are the, well, meat of your board.
Group your cheeses, and make a “trail” of your meats over the board for a nice display.
Fruits, Vegetables and Dips
Add in your spreads and dips.
Lay down pickles and green beans, and add in some fresh fruit if you’d like.
Break up pieces of chocolate, throw your nuts on, and use these items to fill in gaps.
Prep your charcuterie board for a holiday party, a family movie night, or just make a board for yourself with a glass of red in hand! It’s the perfect mixture of flavor, textures, salty and sweet. Best served with a glass of Washington wine or a Washington-brewed beer. Enjoy!