Here's the scene: You are hosting a small apero chez toi. You've already made your cheese plate, put out some small nibbles and the champagne is chilling on ice. However, there is one thing is missing from your "Frenchified" fête: Charcuterie! Since we've kicked off the holiday entertaining season, I've gotten a lot of questions about what to serve when hosting a soirée. A nice charcuterie board is always a crowd pleaser. It's impressive while still being easy to construct and won't keep you from enjoying your guests.
Just like a cheese plate, its best to have a variety of items with different textures and flavors that will to appeal to everyone. I prefer to serve a charcuterie board of saucisson, paté de foie, rillettes de canard and jambon de Bayonne with some cornichons, cocktail onions, radishes with salt and butter all with a warm crusty baguette. Looking for some go to, no brainer wine pairings? Champagne, Riesling, Rosé, Beaujolais and Pinot Noir will all do the trick!
I like to use a simple, good looking wooden board for presenting, small white bowls for the side items and pearl handled serving utensils for that perfected shabby-chic look. Your guests will be impressed and you won't have to slave away in the kitchen!