The French word for a person who prepares charcuterie is charcutier, generally translated into English as “pork butcher”. This has led to the mistaken belief that charcuterie can only involve pork. The Food Lover’s Companion, however, says, “it refers to the products, particularly (but not limited to) pork specialties such as items sold in a delicatessen-style shop, also called a charcuterie.” The 1961 edition of Larousse Gastronomique defines it as: “The art of preparing various meats, in particular pork, cheeses, etc in order to present them in the most diverse ways.”
Farmtastic Charcuterie Items
Mix of cured meats, such as salami, coppa, prosciutto and bresaola. Surround meats with small bowls of garnishes, such as mustard, pickles, olives, nuts and marinated artichokes, for interesting, flavorful combinations. Arrange prosciutto-wrapped chunks of melon or figs around the edge of the platter. Offer an array of breads and crackers, making sure none of them are strongly flavored enough to overpower the meat. Crusty baguette slices, breadsticks and crackers that contain nuts and seeds are great choices..
To make your platter over the top, use a natural wood platter board found in our gift shop and add a Manassero Farms honeycomb for both a beautiful and delish touch!