Date published

August 16, 2023

In search of an easy-to-make, irresistible snack that adds a touch of elegance and culinary artistry to any occasion? Look no further. Whether you’re hosting date night for two or a grand family affair, charcuterie is a sure way to delight and impress every guest at your table. 

What is Charcuterie?

Originating in France, charcuterie refers to the art of preparing and assembling various cured meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, fruits, nuts, and condiments on a visually appealing serving board. Traditionally a well-loved snack in European countries, charcuterie has more recently found its way into homes and hearts across North America. 

How to Prepare Your Charcuterie Board 

Selecting the Perfect Meats

At Calgary Co-op’s Deli, we source only the finest quality meats for our charcuterie selection. Delight your taste buds with an assortment of cured favourites such as prosciutto, salami, soppressata, chorizo, and more. Each meat offers a distinct flavour profile, so don’t hesitate to mix and match to create a balanced and diverse charcuterie experience.

Discovering the World of Cheeses

No charcuterie board is complete without an enticing selection of cheeses. From creamy brie and tangy cheddar to aged gouda and crumbly blue cheese, our Deli Department’s “Cheese Island” boasts an impressive assortment of 350 cheeses from around the globe. Experiment with different textures and flavours to cater to the preferences of your guests.

Pairing with Accompaniments

The beauty of a well-crafted charcuterie board lies in the harmonious pairing of meats and cheeses with a variety of accompaniments. Add a touch of sweetness with honey or fig preserves, introduce a hint of brininess with olives and pickles, and complement the flavours with a handful of mixed nuts. Fresh fruits like grapes, sliced apples, and pears add a refreshing element to the arrangement, balancing the richness of the meats and cheeses.

The Art of Presentation

Presentation is key to creating an enticing charcuterie board. Opt for a wooden or marble serving platter to showcase the vibrant colours and textures of the ingredients. Arrange the meats in loose folds or gentle rolls, and the cheeses in wedges or cubes. Finally, fill in the gaps with the accompaniments to create a visually appealing and inviting spread! 

Serving Suggestions

Charcuterie is a versatile option for any occasion, from intimate gatherings to large celebrations. It can serve as a delectable appetiser before a sumptuous meal or take centre stage as a delightful grazing table. Plus, you can pair it with a selection of wines, craft beers, or non-alcoholic beverages for a well-rounded experience.

At Calgary Co-op’s Deli Department, we take immense pride in offering a wide array of mouthwatering charcuterie options that cater to every palate. Whether you’re new to this artful arrangement of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, and condiments, or a seasoned charcuterie connoisseur, our team is here to guide you through the essentials of creating a stunning charcuterie board that will impress your guests and satisfy your cravings. 

For shoppers, this means you can opt to gather all the goodies and create your own, or shop from our selection of freshly pre-made charcuterie trays any day of the week. Simply order 24 hours in advance, and we will have it ready for in-store pickup! Find a location near you. 

Ready to embark on a culinary journey that promises to delight your taste buds and elevate your gatherings to new heights? Visit us in-store or shop our selection of delicious deli trays effortlessly online.