Summer cheese board with fresh ripe fruits and berries served with rose wine, view from above
14 Ingredients You May Not Have Thought To Add To A Charcuterie Board
By Wendy Hector
Spreadable Cheeses
A layer of creamy cheese spread on a slice of baguette or a cracker makes the perfect base on which to layer other charcuterie board ingredients and can add richness and flavor.
Boursin makes excellent, spreadable cheese, or if you want to add some Southern spice to your board, go for pimento. Pub cheese, or beer cheese, is another great option.
To add some surf to your charcuterie board, use shrimp. You don't need utensils to eat them, and their mild taste won't clash with other flavors.
You can opt for a cocktail sauce or yogurt-chutney dipping sauce, but keep size in mind when purchasing shrimp, as you want to hold each piece and finish it in one bite easily.
Flavored Butters
Any sweet, savory, or spicy combination of soft or firm flavored butter can become an interesting charcuterie board companion. Don't be afraid to get creative.
Pork Rinds
Pork rinds offer the same satisfying crunch as crackers and a savory flavor that goes well with meats and cheeses. You can purchase plain rinds and season them to match your board.
Edible Flowers
You can add a colorful appeal to your charcuterie board using edible flowers. They make stunning garnishes and even add their own unique aromas and flavors to food.
Make sure your flowers are made for consumption, as some decorative flowers can be treated with pesticides or other chemicals, making them inedible.