The other night, Shannon was expecting some dinner guests and didn’t have much time to put together an appetizer. Fortunately, we have some trusted go-to’s that take very little time to prepare, and that’s exactly what she opted for. If you caught her Stories then you already know what she made, and today she is sharing how to make a charcuterie board in less than 5 minutes.
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How To Make a Charcuterie Board in 5 Minutes
First and foremost, you want to limit your ingredients as much as possible but with enough variety to keep it interesting. We feel this can be achieved with 4-5 ingredients including a cured meat, a block of cheese, a fruit and a nut. For a fifth ingredient, opt for a cracker or crostini.
For this charcuterie board, Shannon used thinly sliced prosciutto, sharp cheddar cheese, green grapes, roasted almonds and Club Crackers.
Next, choose a wood cutting board as your base and a small ceramic bowl for height and variation.
Offset the bowl by setting it on the cutting board towards one of the corners. If you are using a round board, simply place the bowl towards the edge.
Fill your bowl with the grapes. We like to keep the grapes on the stem in small bunches, making it easier for guests to grab a few at the same time.
Next, you will want to tear your prosciutto slices into smaller pieces. One slice will usually give you about four smaller pieces perfect for bite sized snacking.
Fold the prosciutto onto a couple different spots on the cutting board, slightly overlapping the pieces.
Slice the cheese lengthwise and place in the remaining spots on the board, slightly overlapping the pieces. Break a few of the slices with your hands for some added texture and mix within the larger pieces.
If you wish, fan some crackers around the sides of the bowl and the edge of the board.
Finally, take a couple handfuls or more of almonds and sprinkle them throughout the board. They will fall into place as you scatter them around. If any fall off the board, simply pick them back up and sprinkle back on.
Keep in mind, there is no real science when it comes to creating a charcuterie board. Simply allow the pieces to overlap one another to help make it all look perfectly imperfect. And remember, the key on how to make a charcuterie board in less than 5 minutes is being selective with your ingredients.
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