October 25, 2021
Charcuterie boards may seem as mysterious as their pronunciation (it’s shar-coot-er-ee), but this assortment of tasty tidbits has been gaining popularity.
Charcuterie is a French term that describes cured meat, such as beef sausage or beef salami or beef sausage. We’ve picked some quick tips on how to make the most of your charcuterie board with Grass Run Farms’ 100% grass fed and finished beef being center of the plate, ahem, or charcuterie board.
Once you know the basics of how to put together a delicious board, it all comes down to choosing your ingredients, grabbing a cutting board, and assembling. Yes, you read that right; it’s that easy.
How to Make a Grass Fed Steak Charcuterie Board
1. Choose Grass Fed Beef
Bringing an amazing appetizer or hors d’oeuvre for an office party or sports gathering? Proteins are an important component of any charcuterie board. To us, steak on a charcuterie board is a strong choice! Grass Run Farms’ beef provides a great flavor that can help you choose the other ingredients. Choose Grass Run Farms’ flank steak for a lean beef loaded with flavor—cook to medium and slice it very thinly against the grain.
Kid-friendly idea: Another way to incorporate grass fed beef is to use tenderloin steak by dicing into cubes and enjoying with fancy toothpicks. This fun alternative to forks will also come in handy when dipping in your favorite sauces.
2. 100% Grass Fed Cheeses
There’s no need to hunt down rare, expensive cheeses to add some creamy tastiness to your board. Sharp cheddars, pepper jack, and goat cheeses showcase a variety of flavors and balance to your charcuterie.
Sensitive diet idea: For those who may need to avoid dairy or follow Keto, replace your cheese section with a smooth hummus dip or hard-boiled egg slices.
3. Add a Bit of Crunch
A variety of tastes and textures will always enhance a charcuterie board. Whatever your preference, crunchy items such as vegetables, crackers, or mini toasts pair well with the softer items on your board.
Kid-friendly idea: Use mini pickles, baby carrots, and other finger food favorites. You can also bring back some classics, like celery with peanut butter (raisins on top for extra flair) or peanut butter crackers!
4. Dip or Drizzle with Sauces
Including dips and condiments can add a whole new dimension to your charcuterie board. Mustards, aiolis, and other sauces provide flavors you might not otherwise have been able to include with the rest of your ingredients.
5. Sprinkle in Some Sweetness
Before you start wondering where chocolate-covered goodies fit with amazing beef, hear us out. Fruits and dark chocolate are a complementary way to complete a board and give everyone something to treat themselves to when other areas of the board are picked over.
6. Your Drink of Choice
The combinations here are endless. Red wines, in particular a dry Syrah, pair well with a variety of ingredients. We encourage you to also explore white wines, beer, and other liquors such as bourbons to complete your experience.
Looking for more inspiration? Find family-friendly, unique recipes for every occasion on our recipe pages!