How to Build a Better Charcuterie Board

Creating a captivating charcuterie board is an art that combines flavors, textures, and presentation.

At D'Arcy's Meat Market, we understand the importance of crafting the perfect charcuterie experience.

From selecting the finest meats to pairing them with complementary accompaniments, we're here to guide you through the process of building a better charcuterie board!

The Meats

When assembling your charcuterie board, start with a selection of high-quality meats. Consider including a variety to cater to different preferences and tastes:


Delicate and savory, prosciutto adds a touch of sophistication to any charcuterie board. Its melt-in-your-mouth texture pairs beautifully with both bold and subtle flavors.

Roast Beef

For meat lovers, roast beef offers a hearty option with robust flavor. Thinly sliced and tender, it serves as a satisfying addition to your board.

Pulled Pork

Tender pulled pork adds a hint of smokiness. Its versatility allows for various seasoning options, making it a crowd-pleaser among guests.


Spice up your charcuterie board with slices of chorizo. The bold flavors of this Spanish sausage add depth and complexity to each bite.


A classic choice, salami offers a perfect balance of saltiness and richness. Its firm texture makes it easy to stack or roll, enhancing the visual appeal of your board.


For a unique twist, consider adding mini meatballs to your charcuterie board. Whether beef, pork or a blend of meats, they provide a hearty option for guests to enjoy.

Perfect Portions Per Guest

When planning your charcuterie board, aim for a variety of meats and accompaniments to cater to different tastes.

As a general rule, allow for 2-3 ounces of meat per guest to ensure everyone has plenty to enjoy.

When selecting your offerings, you should also consider your guests' preferences and dietary restrictions. Providing a diverse array of options ensures that everyone can find something to indulge in, whether they prefer savory, spicy, or milder flavors.

Don't forget to include some vegetarian or vegan-friendly options to accommodate all dietary preferences.

Add Some Texture

Enhance the experience of your charcuterie board by incorporating a variety of textures. From crisp fruits to creamy cheeses, these elements add depth and contrast to each bite:

Fruit and Veggies

Fresh fruits and vegetables not only provide vibrant colors but also offer a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of the meats. Consider including options like grapes, apple slices, and cherry tomatoes for a burst of sweetness and acidity.


No charcuterie board is complete without a selection of cheeses. Choose a variety of textures and flavors, such as soft brie, sharp cheddar, and tangy blue cheese, to appeal to different preferences.


Add a satisfying crunch to your board with an assortment of nuts. From almonds to walnuts, they provide texture and depth while also offering a dose of healthy fats.

Pickled Goods

Balance out the richness of the meats with tangy pickled goods. Options like pickled beets, onions, gherkins, and olives add acidity and brightness to each bite.


The presentation of your charcuterie board is an opportunity to showcase your creativity and attention to detail.

  • Choose a high-quality serving board or platter that complements the aesthetic you want to achieve.
  • Arrange the meats and accompaniments in a visually appealing manner, considering factors such as color contrast, texture variation, and symmetry.
  • Use small bowls or ramekins to contain spreads, dips, or condiments. This adds visual interest and prevents flavors from mingling.
  • Garnish the board with fresh herbs, edible flowers, or citrus slices to add a pop of color and freshness.
  • Pay attention to spacing and balance to ensure that each element has its place without overcrowding the board.
  • Consider incorporating decorative elements such as cheese knives, wooden picks, or decorative toothpicks to enhance the presentation further.

Remember, presentation isn't just about looks—it also influences the overall dining experience, so take the time to arrange your charcuterie board thoughtfully and with care.

Recommended Wine Pairings

To elevate your charcuterie experience, consider pairing it with the perfect wine. Each meat and accompaniment can be enhanced by the right wine selection.

  • Prosciutto and Pinto Grigio: The light, crisp flavors of Pinot Grigio complement the delicate saltiness of the prosciutto, creating a harmonious pairing.
  • Roast Beef and Cabernet Sauvignon: The bold flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon pair well with the richness of roast beef, enhancing its savory notes.
  • Salami and Sangiovese: The earthy undertones of Sangiovese provide an excellent contrast to the salty richness of salami, creating a balanced pairing.
  • Chorizo and Tempranillo: The spicy, robust flavors of Tempranillo pair beautifully with the bold flavors of chorizo, creating a dynamic combination of tastes.

Elevate Your Charcuterie Edmonton Experience

Building a better charcuterie board is all about balance, variety, and presentation.

At D'Arcy's Meat Market, we're here to help you elevate your charcuterie game and create unforgettable moments around the table.

Take a look at our selection of meats, or get in touch if you have any questions!

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