Charcuterie celebrates meat in the most flavorful, remarkable ways. Now appearing on the menu at some of the best restaurants, charcuterie is becoming increasingly popular and it's easy to see why: good charcuterie, with its rich and pungent flavors, is impossible to resist! Combined with the right cheese, it makes the perfect theme for an easy–going gathering, indoors or out — it requires absolutely no cooking and very little prep time.
Because the worlds of charcuterie and cheese are vast, we decided to keep it simple with a few fine cured meats and specialty cheeses, plus olives and fresh fruit as accompaniment. Like the simple yet intensely flavorful foods this party celebrates, the presentation should be just as simple yet confident. In our video, Spanish food expert Alberto Sollis shows you how to shop for the best Spanish cured meats, cheese and olives, and our wine expert Mark Oldman introduces the six best wines under $20 to accompany your delicacies. The key to a great charcuterie party is knowing, just like the very best restaurants, exactly how to pair cured meats with cheese for the most delicious tasting experience.