Easy Charcuterie Plate | What is a Charcuterie Platter?
With house guests to feed, I always default to a charcuterie board/platter. I didn’t know what a charcuterie board was until a few years ago. And luckily, I first learned of it as more of a meat, cheese, and whatever option, rather than the traditional board of cured meats. I think the variety in this type of appetizer is better because it’s well-balanced on my palate and more appetizing to a wider variety of guests. And thanks to Trader Joe’s, not only is it super easy to put together, it’s also fairly inexpensive for how many it serves. As an appetizer, $30 spent here feeds around 10 people, including one bottle of sparkling wine. As more of a hearty snack or starter, around 6-8. I like shopping at Trader Joe’s because they have such a great cheese selection that isn’t expensive. Most of their cheese are $3-$10 and you get a hefty hunk of cheese! Hello Trader Joe’s Charcuterie Spread!!!
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What to Buy at Trader Joe’s for your Charcuterie Plate?
You should play around with what flavors you want on your charcuterie plate. We have some established basics in our household, however. The most important of these is the syrah soaked toscano cheese. It’s flavorful without being pungent and it pairs heavenly with the fig butter and the stone ground wheat crackers. I get made fun of for how much fig butter I use. Besides the wine cheese, I like their brie selection (usually a milder option). Their triple cream brie is fairy phenomenal if I do say so myself! And if there is a bigger crowd coming, I opt for a third flavor – usually trying a new one each time. For our friends this last weekend, we tried the chili and red bell pepper cheddar. It was a little kicky and therefore provided a good balance with the other cheeses. Mix all this in with some salami, fruit, veggies, and store-bought hummus topped with olive oil and paprika, and we’re good to go on the food front!
To elegantly (and easily) serve your charcuterie board, I used my marble pastry slab. I’ve also used a large wood cutting board in the past. For easier serving, I use small spoons for the fig butter and small cheese knives. And as for wine, I’ve served red, white, and sparkling wine with my charcuterie boards. I’m sure there are rules for what should be served, but with the variety on the board, I think you’re safe with whatever you want.
WHAT TO BUY AT TRADER JOE'S | EASY + INEXPENSIVE CHARCUTERIE
I’m all about charcuterie boards (meat and cheese preferably), but I don’t think it has to be expensive. Here is my go-to list of meat, cheese, dips, and spreads for the perfect, inexpensive charcuterie board (all from Trader Joe’s).
- champagne or regular grapes
- anjou pear sliced
- mini heirloom tomatoes
- hummus top w. olive oil and paprika
- syrah soaked toscano cheese
- chili and red bell pepper cheddar
- stone ground wheat crackers
- fig butter
- wine/drink of choice
- Keep items refrigerated until 15-30 minutes before servings.
- Arrange all items on a large platter or cutting board!
- Serve with small spoons and knives for easy enjoyment.
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