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Charcuterie and Cheese Platter Basics

Dec 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM Chime in now

Tips to help you create a cheese and charcuterie platter.

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There's nothing we love more than pulling together a good cheese and charcuterie platter for family and friends. They're easy and can be relatively inexpensive.

But if you've never hopped on board the beloved tapas trend (the concept of plating dairy and meats originated in Europe around the 15th century), trying to figure out how to arrange everything can be daunting. What cheeses go with what sauces? And how about meats?

To help you pull off the feat this festive season, we've provided you with some handy info below. First up is a delightful infographic courtesy of one of our favourite sites; it's followed by a how-to create charcuterie video from YouTube. (If you're not into making your own platter, check out Carnivore Club -- it's a subscription service that delivers four to six artisan cured meats and terrines to your doorstep each month.)

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