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How to Pair Mustard with Charcuterie and Cheese | How to Build a Charcuterie Board

How to Pair Mustard with Charcuterie and Cheese | How to Build a Charcuterie Board

!!Holiday Edit!!
How to Turn Your Standard Cheese Board to a Holiday Cheese Board!

The essentials remain the same for charcuterie boards of any season. What turns a standard board into a holiday board is the creative details and arrangements.  For us, the fun part is adding holiday accoutrements to the board. These make it special, seasonal and extra on-theme. 

Product Suggestions for Winter Holidays:
Cranberry Relish with Grand Marnier
Apple and Horseradish Jam
Champagne Garlic Honey Mustard
Raspberry Honey Mustard Pretzel Dip

Tips for Adding Seasonal Flare:
Arrange Meat and Cheese or Tomato and Mozzarella like a candy cane 
Add fresh pine, holly, cranberries, and roasted chestnuts to the board to fill in the blanks after placing your cheese, meat, jams and mustards. 
When serving brie, use our Cranberry Relish with Grand Marnier in a brie in crute. Add fresh pine needles on top to decorate. 
Use ornaments that have lost their ties and place in the board. 

Enjoyed across cultures since the Middle Ages, charcuterie boards are always a fan favorite at any gathering. They are relatively easy, require no cooking and consist of everyone’s favorite things: Cheese, Meat and Condiments.

You may ask, "So how do you build a charcuterie board?" Well, we did some tasty research at Terrapin Ridge Farms and came up with our favorite pairings to make your charcuterie board the absolute best! We discovered every good charcuterie board has these essential pieces; Cheese, Meat, Something Sweet, Textured Mustard, Something Pickled, and Something Crunchy. A well balanced charcuterie board pairs sweet, salty, fatty and briny flavors together to create the perfect contrasting bite.

Below are our suggestions for the best charcuterie board!

Cheese:
Creamy (Stilton Blue Cheese, Brie)
Soft and Spreadable (Goat Cheese)
Semi-Hard, Sharp (Manchego, Aged Cheddar)
Smoky (Gouda)
Fun tip: Mix together Goat Cheese and Terrapin Ridge Farms Blueberry Bourbon Pecan Jam for the perfect chevre. This will take your charcuterie board to the next level!

Air Dried Cured Meat:
Prosciutto (2 types of prosciutto is popular)
Pepperoni
Salami
Fatty Sausage (Soppressata)

Try to have an even ratio of cheese to meats! When plating, fold prosciutto into florets for easy serving. Fan out or stack sausage-type meat to create texture.

Something Sweet: sweet jams contrast the saltiness in the meats and cheeses
Terrapin Ridge Farms Blueberry Bourbon Pecan Jam (all cheese)
Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam (sharp cheese and creamy cheese)
Terrapin Ridge Farms Apple and Horseradish Jam (all cheese)
Terrapin Ridge Farms Mango Habanero Jam (perfect with a mild, creamy cheese to reduce heat)

Textured Mustard: mustards go with every piece of the board
Terrapin Ridge Farms Pecan Honey Mustard
Terrapin Ridge Farms Dill Pickle Mustard
Terrapin Ridge Farms Smoky Onion Mustard

Something Crunchy:                    Something Pickled:
Crackers    Macadamia Nuts       Gherkin Pickles
Baguette   Marcona Almonds      Olives    Cornichons