If you’ve come across the word “charcuterie” before and been puzzled, and we wouldn’t blame you. The word looks odd and sounds even odder, and if you’ve never had the opportunity to be in the vicinity of a charcuterie board, seeing it on a menu might have you raising your eyebrows. If you’ve ever wondered what the heck a charcuterie board is and why anyone would want to eat one, we’ve got you covered.
The charcuterie board has been through a bit of a Renaissance in the past couple of years. Pronounced “shaar-koo-tr-ee,” you may know it as a meat and cheese board or antipasti platter. These appetizers are often served at the beginning of a meal at a fancy restaurant or make appearances at cocktail parties and other get-togethers. They’re often laid out on a wooden board or other large platter and arranged in a way that’s appealing to the eye as well as the nose. Cured meat is the star of the show, and everything else that is included serves to enhance the flavor and texture of the preserved proteins.
While they’ve been around for decades, this recent reawakening of interest in the finger food has restaurants and bars across the U.S. putting their own versions on the menu, some of which can get really creative. There’s also the option of making your own at home, where you can have all of the freedom to design a board that’s most appealing to you.
At The Mill Kitchen and Bar, a downtown Roswell restaurant, our charcuterie boards include a decadent selection of our chef’s pick of meats, cheeses and accompaniments designed to pair together exceptionally well. If you’re still not convinced you should try it on your next night out, let us give you some reasons why we’re glad charcuterie has made a comeback.
There’s No One Way to Do It
Charcuterie boards are one of those things that no two people would prepare the same way, which we think is what makes them so great. There are literally endless options for the items to include on a charcuterie board, as well as ways to arrange them. Here are some of the most popular items you’ll find on a charcuterie board:
- Meats including prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, sausage, pâté, and more
- Artisan cheeses including chevre, brie, cheddar, gouda, and muenster
- Dried and fresh fruits including figs, apricots, dates, grapes, sliced apples, and berries
- Vegetables like olives, peppers, and carrots
No Utensils Are Required
One of the coolest things about a charcuterie board, in our opinion, is that it is a very tactile eating experience. Aside from the spoons or spatulas you may use to apply spreads and items to your plate, utensils aren’t necessary for eating items from a charcuterie board!
They Bring Us Closer Together
There’s nothing quite like getting together with friends to share an appetizer, and charcuterie boards are the most easily shareable appetizer we can think of. Gathering around a charcuterie board to pick out your favorites, try new combinations and discuss your preferences is almost as fun as the eating itself! And there is hardly ever any waste—if you aren’t a fan of an item on the board, you can bet someone else is!
Visit The Mill Kitchen and Bar for Dinner in Roswell
Now that you have a greater understanding of what a charcuterie board is and why they’ve (rightfully) regained their popularity, make a reservation for dinner at The Mill Kitchen and Bar to sample one while you dine on signature cocktails and farm-to-table eats. We’re the go-to restaurant for dinner in Roswell, so make your reservation today! (770) 817-9345
Frequently Asked Questions about The Mill Kitchen and Bar
What does charcuterie mean?
The word charcuterie is French, and describes the practice of cooking with meat products. It is derived from the words “chair,” which means “meat” and “cuit,” which means “cooked.”
What should be on a charcuterie platter?
A charcuterie platter typically consists of preserved or prepared meats, artisan cheeses, spreads, honey, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds.
Where can I get charcuterie near me?
At The Mill Kitchen and Bar, you can find the best charcuterie board in Roswell on our dinner menu. Make a reservation by calling (770) 817-9345