You probably have seen this lively wooden board filled with mouth-watering delicacies, but did you know that it’s called “charcuterie”?
In a positive and delightful way, it has been the talk of the town for some time now. If you don’t know, then now you do.
Charcuterie has become viral on social media. Individual netizens are posting photos of their own versions. Food businesses are incorporating it to their advertising efforts. Dining tables are made much more exciting because of it. Many people are doing it, and many are wanting so much to try charcuterie too!
Originally French, the word “charcuterie” means “cooked flesh”. It also translates to “pork-butcher shop”. Existing from the 15th century, this culinary art displays a clever and captivating way of preparing and presenting cured meats and meat products. As times passed, the content and the exhibition of charcuterie were influenced by people’s fresh choices and interests. Cheese, fruits, olives, nuts, crackers, jams and jellies are some of the yummy infusions. Still, even with these additions and changes, charcuterie remains well-loved beyond France.
Today, you will see a lot of charcuterie posts and photos on social media. There are how-to video tutorials for them. Maybe some of your loved ones and social media friends uploaded their content recently. You have also seen a number of celebrities take snapshots of their own. Probably, your mom is planning to make one for the upcoming family birthdays too.
Now, you might be wondering why this charcuterie has become very popular and sought-after, especially today. That is precisely why this list is here to end your wonderings.
Let your curiosities about charcuterie be a case closed! Check out these 8 reasons why charcuterie is a trending favorite and why it’s a must-try!
1 – IT’S SUPER AESTHETICALLY PLEASING.
A stunner, a head turner, a jaw dropper — that’s what charcuterie boards are.
Simply irresistible is the beauty of charcuterie boards. In all honesty, beautiful is an understatement. The outlandish set-up is charismatic, sophisticated and tantalizing. Even an ordinary dinner at home can be made special and elegant with a charcuterie in the middle of the table.
The aestheticism of charcuterie takes food art to a whole different and glamorous level. This is when you see food you’re hesitant to ruin the presentation of. Too gorgeous to just munch on!
Photographs of charcuterie boards are totally wowing and love-worthy without needing editing. Every shot is pleasant to the eyes and to the heart. Superb! Charcuterie’s bare comeliness brings out its natural freshness and chicness.
2 – IT’S A STRESS-RELIEVING DIY THING.
Food is stress-relieving and so is art.
Many food stores sell charcuterie boards ready to be eaten, but the exciting thing is that you can do them yourself too!
It’s undeniable that DIY items make for a self-discovery and relaxing activity. People learn and develop new skills with things (and food) that make them explore and enjoy. With charcuterie, you can choose what bite-size grubs you want to put onto the board and what decorations you desire to add as well. You are practically the food artist!
This is surely one of the major reasons why making charcuterie boards has become popular today.
3 – IT’S NOT ALWAYS EXPENSIVE.
Seeing the astounding visuals alone, you will assume that making charcuterie boards digs a hole in the pocket. You’re not always wrong but also not always right.
Without denial, many charcuterie boards sold out there are quite pricey. Of course, somebody else does them, makes efforts to compile them and keeps them safe before they get to buyers. The brands affect the expensiveness too. Furthermore, if you choose to do the charcuterie yourself, you will need to purchase multiple packs of the edibles you want to include. Summing up the spendings might surprise you a bit too.
The above-mentioned is true, but another fact is that making charcuterie is not always expensive. Why? Because you may choose the contents and the quantity of each. Practically speaking, it’s actually a good chance to finish up the remaining bits of cookies, chips and cherries you have abandoned in the fridge for weeks now.
4 – THE MEAT-AND-CHEESE COMBO IS ADORED.
The combination of meat and cheese is the most common and recognized style of charcuterie. They can be considered the standard and default inclusions of this creative food board. Their powers mixed together in one wooden platter give birth to tasteful magic!
The satisfaction from eating meat together with cheese is unmatched. Meat and cheese lovers can attest to that. Their partnership is highly adored, and you’d rarely meet a human being who’s not into meat or not into cheese or not into both.
5 – BUT IT’S NOT LIMITED TO JUST PORK AND MEAT.
Pork is the original star of charcuterie. Meat in general has become a celebrity. These two are like no other food on the charcuterie board, yet contemporary versions use other food categories.
Dessert charcuterie boards are so vibrant and abundant of sweets and confections. Fruit charcuterie platters are clothed with prettily chopped fruits such as strawberries, cherries, blueberries, grapes, oranges and melons. Chicken charcuterie is drool-worthy. You can include not only actual chicken parts but also chicken products like nuggets, plus other tuckers that match chicken like nachos, fries, pickles and dips.
Amazingly, if you are a seafood lover, there’s a charcuterie style for you. It’s often called seacuterie! Some seafood famously included in it are scallops, tuna, crab, octopus, salmon and diverse fish species. In seacuterie, the seafoods are set more distanced from each other compared to meats and snacks in other charcuterie boards.
6 – IT’S ACTUALLY A HEALTHY EATING STYLE.
Some people think it’s only a stylish decoration and a taste bud tickler, but charcuterie can actually be part of a healthy eating lifestyle. Why? It encourages people not to overeat. It enables eaters to get nutrients from different food types in one eating that is a fusion of snacks and meals. That’s helpful because often, you don’t acquire various necessary nutrients in your full courses.
When you look at charcuterie, generally, it seems like mere snacking but the healthful benefits can certainly be big, especially when the diversity of food content on the board is smartly made with better health and fitness in mind.
Vegans, vegetarians and health nuts love this a lot about charcuterie.
7 – IT’S SINCERELY SHAREABLE.
One of the heartwarming things about charcuterie aside from its stupendous visuals is the essence of sharing that it spotlights.
You and your loved ones don’t really have to get separate plates anymore. Just pick up your own utensils, and get those goodies from one place! The open board filled with savory tuckers make conversations even more meaningful and wonderful. Though the set-up makes the food too alluring to eat, it will make you sincerely want to share this charcuterie with someone dear!
8 – IT’S PERFECT FOR CELEBRATIONS.
Yes, it’s shareable, so that also means it’s perfect for all kinds of celebrations.
Weddings, birthdays, christenings, baby showers, anniversaries — whatever noteworthy occasion or milestone there is, you can never go wrong with charcuterie boards sprinkling spectacles over them! This time though, the boards might need to be bigger in size and quantity, depending on your invited guests. They might need to be decorated a bit as well.
Many food catering services and event dessert shops have charcuterie boards of different styles on their menus, so you don’t need to do them yourself. You can be sure that your significant event will be bewitching with a row of charcuterie boards full of luscious nibbles!
Charcuterie is trendy for occasions nowadays since many businesses promote them and those who purchase them post photos which are so appealing that others want them too. The agreeable experiences and testimonials become instant promotions, and the cycle goes. The trend goes on.
There you have it! Charcuterie is indeed buzzworthy for these awesome reasons. Planning to buy or to create yours now? Well, go ahead, sweetie! You won’t get enough of charcuterie’s charm! You’ll definitely know first-hand why it’s a trending favorite!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. She finds quality and well-researched writing as a worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. For her, it’s restoring and fulfilling to the heart and a great way to clear the mind while loading it up with fresh learning. Film critiquing and filmmaking are among her interests too. Giving all the glory to God, Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.