Jon Mychal Heatherly
Enjoy the French Art of Charcuterie
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Charcuterie started in 15th century France, where pork butchers displayed their cured meats. Its root words are chair meaning “flesh,” and cuite for “cooked.” A similar tradition arose in Italy called salumi, which differs from salami. Salting preserved meats in an era before refrigeration.
While classic charcuterie featured cured pork, modern iterations stretch what meat is available. One could forego the meat like this vegan charcuterie board, or make one from desserts. Eat it as a meal or make one for a potluck.
Breads: Crackers, Chips, French, Pita, Pretzels, Tortillas Cheeses: Cheddar, Feta, Gruyere, Mozzarella, Muenster, Parmesan Dips: Bruschetta, EVOO, Hummus, Pesto, Shakshuka, Tapenade Fruits: Blueberries, Olives, Grapes, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tomatoes Meats: Bacon, Ham, Pepperoni, Prosciutto, Salami, Sausage Seeds: Almonds, Edamame, Macadamia, Pecans, Pistachios, Walnuts Veggies: Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Peppers