Father’s Day is fast approaching, which means you need to find that perfect gift for the one person in your life who is almost impossible to buy for! If you’re looking to put together an awesome, unique, and delicious gift this Sunday, why not put together an amazing charcuterie board?
It’s an easy, practical gift that will appeal to dad’s love of meat and entertaining. It’s also super easy to customize, making it an extra special present just for him!
What is a Charcuterie Board?
Charcuterie, for those unaware, is like a meaty version of a cheese platter. It brings together a selection of cured meats, cheeses, breads, and spreads to allow guests to create new flavours and combinations as appetizers. Usually, all the taste profiles are covered, to let guests choose which ones they like and try new things:
- Meat: The word “charcuterie” comes from the French chair (meat) and cuit (cooked), so meat is the real highlight here. Usually, the array includes salami, prosciutto, chorizo, and a variety of pate, but you can really add whatever you want, including grilled meats and bacon. Choose a range of spicy and mild to appeal to everyone who might be enjoying it this Father’s Day, or just appeal to your dad’s tastes. It’s his day, after all!
- Cheese: A range of cheeses to accent every meat will make this charcuterie board amazing. A soft cheese (like Brie or Camembert) and a hard cheese (like Cheddar or a smoked Gouda) will bring something for everyone, but maybe include a really sharp offering like Blue Cheese. Creating the best flavour profile means including some harsher options!
- Bread: A nice, fresh bakery baguette will be all you really need, but you can add some crackers that complement the meats and cheeses.
- Spreads: Go with a fancy, grainy mustard and different pots of jelly and jam (like a fig or red pepper jelly). Bring an extra knife so Dad can really go wild on the toppings!
These are the basics, but include additional appetizers like olives, pickled… well, anything, and even nuts and fruits. If someone’s got a sweet tooth, go out on a limb and include some chocolate or honey! Pick out a beer, cider, or wine that’s a Dad favourite and brunch appropriate, too.
What About the Board?
Now that you’ve picked all of Dad’s favourites (and snuck a few of yours in, too), you’ve got to get a special charcuterie board on which to serve it all! The best board for your father will definitely be one that appeals to his rustic, outdoorsy side, and that’s a serving board that has an amazing live edge.
It’s a great way to serve grilled meats when Dad’s grilling up a storm, and will look great in any setting. Have it stained to his specifications, or even get it engraved with his name or initials to really make it his.
Charcuterie boards will let you give a truly special gift this Father’s Day, and bring everyone together with delicious foods. Make the most of this day and tell Dad thanks!