Charcuterie Board

A how-to guide to creating the perfect Charcuterie Board for your next event or get-together!

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From holiday parties to casual get-togethers, charcuterie boards are always a crowd-pleasing appetizer to serve your guests! Charcuterie Boards are a self-serve appetizer, which means that your guests are able to get a fully customizable taste experience, while you only need to prep one large tray. Blue Danube Sausage House Ltd. sliced and pre-packed meats are perfect for charcuterie boards as they can be bought ahead of time and they’ll stay fresh until you’re ready to use them.

In this post, I will be exploring two different charcuterie boards, for small and large get-togethers, using a variety of our high quality, all-natural sausages and smoked meats:

  1. Small Charcuterie Board - 2-3 people or 5-8 people

  2. Large Charcuterie Board - 12-15 people


Small Charcuterie Board (5 meats + extras)
Feeds 3-8 people

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Ingredients:

  • Blue Danube Mild Csabai Salami - 1 package
    Substitution: Blue Danube Hot Gyulai Salami, Blue Danube Pick Salami

  • Blue Danube Dry Cured Pork Back Bacon - 1 package

  • Blue Danube Flat Pork Shinken - 1 package

  • Blue Danube Hot Gyulai Sausage - 1 piece
    Substitution: Blue Danube Mild Csabai Sausage, Blue Danube Double Garlic Csabai Sausage

  • Blue Danube Hot Wild Boar Csabettes - 2 pieces
    Substitution: Blue Danube Pork Csabettes (Mild, Hot, Garlic, Jalapeño or Peppercorn), Blue Danube Chicken Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Beef Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Mild Turkey Csabettes, Blue Danube Mild Wild Boar Csabettes, Blue Danube Elk Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Kangaroo Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Venison Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Water Buffalo Csabettes (Mild, Hot)

  • Blue Danube Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese - One piece approx. 100 grams

  • Pretzels - 1 package

  • Radishes - 3 large

  • Pickles - 2 large

  • S & F Pepperoncini - 4-8pcs

  • Brie Cheese - 2 small triangles

  • Blue Cheese - 3 inch slab

  • Green Onions - 2-3 stalks cut up
    Optional: additional 3 green onion stalks, uncut

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Directions:

1. Select a display board for your charcuterie board. The size of the display board will dictate the amount of people that it can serve.

As seen below, the small charcuterie board recipe can feed either 3-4 people or 5-8 people, based on the size of the board it is on. Remember to adjust the quantity of the ingredients to suit your display board!

Small Charcuterie Board #1 - Feeds 3-4 people  Using 1/2 package of all sliced meat products, 1 piece Wild Boar Csabettes, 1 piece Hot Gyulai Sausage

Small Charcuterie Board #1 - Feeds 3-4 people

Using 1/2 package of all sliced meat products, 1 piece Wild Boar Csabettes, 1 piece Hot Gyulai Sausage

Small Charcuterie Board #2 - Feeds 5-8 people  Using full packages of all sliced meat, 2 pieces Wild Boar Csabettes, 1 piece Hot Gyulai Sausage

Small Charcuterie Board #2 - Feeds 5-8 people

Using full packages of all sliced meat, 2 pieces Wild Boar Csabettes, 1 piece Hot Gyulai Sausage

Meat Products:

2. Open packages of Blue Danube Dry Cured Back Bacon, Blue Danube Csabai Salami, and Blue Danube Flat Pork Shinken and lay down on your board. Use either half or full packages depending on how many people you wish to serve.

Pro Tip: How to Display Products
Csabai Salami - Either folded in half or laid out flat, depending on how much space and product you have. On my smaller board, I laid them flat since I used less product. On the larger board, I folded them in half as I wanted to serve more.
Flat Shinken - Lay out flat and layer.
Dry Cured Back Bacon - Fold in half and layer.

3. Open packages of Blue Danube Hot Wild Boar Csabettes and Blue Danube Hot Gyulai Sausage. Use 1 whole piece of Hot Gyulai Sausage and 1 or 2 pcs of Hot Wild Boar Csabettes.

Pro Tip: How to Display Products
Csabettes - Cut up into 1 cm pieces and place on board. If you have a small bowl, you can place it on the board and put the Csabettes inside.
Hot Gyulai Sausage - Cut the sausage diagonally into slices and layer on the board.

Extras to Add to the Charcuterie Board:

4. 2-3 pickles, cut up into slices or spears.

5. Brie cheese, cut 2 small wedges.

6. Blue cheese, cut a 2-3 inch piece. Make sure that you include a knife for cheeses!

7. Blue Danube Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese, cut into cubes.

8. Snow peas, arrange about 5-10 pieces.

9. Green onions, 2-3 stalks cut into small pieces.
Optional: Place 2-3 uncut green onion stalks onto the board as well.

10. Pepperoncini, 3-6 pieces.

11. Pretzels, add several pretzels to the board or place them in a side bowl/tray to be placed beside the charcuterie board. Optional: Add slices of baguette or add crackers and place them on beside the board.

12. Radishes, select 3-5 large pieces.
Pro Tip: Cut radishes into roses as shown below.

Your Charcuterie Board is now ready
to serve and eat!

Your charcuterie board can be made the day of or the day before your event. If making your board the night before, just cover with plastic wrap or a lid and store in the fridge.

If there are extra sliced meat or sausages left over that weren’t used (or eaten!), cover and store them in the fridge for future use.


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How to Cut Radishes into Roses

Steps:
1. Cut a bit of the top and bottom off radishes to create a flat surface on each side.

2. Lay radish down on flat side. Using a sharp knife, make a light incision on the right side of the radish.

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3. Rotate the radish counter clockwise slightly and make the same incision.

4. Keep rotating counter clockwise and making small incisions until the entire radish is evenly cut. Your rose is now ready!


Large Charcuterie Board (8 meats + extras)
Feeds 12-15 people

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Ingredients:

  • Blue Danube Mild Csabai Salami - 1 package
    Substitution: Blue Danube Hot Gyulai Salami, Blue Danube Pick Salami

  • Blue Danube Dry Cured Pork Back Bacon - 1 package

  • Blue Danube Flat Pork Shinken - 1 package

  • Blue Danube Dry Cured Pork Neck - 1 package

  • Blue Danube Heritage Garlic Salami - 1 package

  • Blue Danube Smoked Homemade Ham - 1 package

  • Blue Danube Smoked Homemade Ham - 1 package

  • Blue Danube Hot Gyulai Sausage - 1 - 1.5 pieces
    Substitution: Blue Danube Mild Csabai Sausage, Blue Danube Double Garlic Csabai Sausage

  • Blue Danube Hot Wild Boar Csabettes - 2-4 pieces
    Substitution: Blue Danube Pork Csabettes (Mild, Hot, Garlic, Jalapeño, Peppercorn), Blue Danube Chicken Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Beef Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Mild Turkey Csabettes, Blue Danube Mild Wild Boar Csabettes, Blue Danube Elk Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Kangaroo Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Venison Csabettes (Mild, Hot), Blue Danube Water Buffalo Csabettes (Mild, Hot)

  • Blue Danube Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese - One piece, approx. 200 grams

  • Pretzels - 1 package

  • Radishes - 3-5 large

  • Pickles - 2-3 large

  • S & F Pepperoncini - 8 pieces

  • Brie Cheese - 2 small wedges

  • Blue Cheese - 3 inch piece

  • Green Onions - 3 stalks cut up, optional: additional 3 stalks, uncut

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Directions:

1. Choose a display board large enough to serve 12-15 people. Remember to adjust the quantity of the ingredients to suit your display board!

Meat Products:

2. Open packages of Blue Danube Dry Cured Back Bacon, Blue Danube Dry Cured Pork Neck, Blue Danube Csabai Salami, Blue Danube Heritage Garlic Salami, Blue Danube Homemade Smoked Ham and Blue Danube Flat Pork Shinken and place on your board. Use either half or full packages depending on how many people you’d like to serve.

Pro Tip: How to Display Products
Csabai Salami - Either folded in half or laid out flat, depending on the amount of space and the number of products you have. On my smaller board, I laid them flat since I used less product. On the larger board, I folded them in half as I had more to put out.
Heritage Salami - Fold in half and layer.
Flat Shinken - Lay out flat.
Dry Cured Back Bacon - Fold in half and layer.
Dry Cured Neck - Lay flat and layer.
Smoked Homemade Ham - Roll up and layer on the board.

3. Open packages of Blue Danube Hot Wild Boar Csabettes and Blue Danube Gyulai Sausage. Use 1 whole piece of Hot Gyulai Sausage and 2-4 pieces of Hot Wild Boar Csabettes.

Pro Tip: How to Display Products
Csabettes - Cut up into small pieces and place on board. If you have a small bowl, place the bowl on the board and put the Csabettes inside.
Hot Gyulai Sausage - Cut diagonal slices into Sausage and layer on board.

Extras to Add to the Charcuterie Board:

4. Pickles, 3-4 pieces cut into slices or spears.

5. Brie, 2 small wedges.

6. Blue Cheese, 2-3 inch piece.

NOTE: Make sure that you include a knife for cheeses!

7. Blue Danube Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese, cut into cubes.

8. Snow Peas, 10-12 pieces.

9. Green onions, 3 stalks cut into small pieces. Optional: Place 3 uncut green onion stalks onto board as well.

10. Pepperoncini, 6-8 pieces.

11. Pretzels, add several pretzels to the board or place them in a side bowl/tray to be placed next to the charcuterie board. Optional: Add slices of baguette or add crackers and place them on beside the board.

12. Radishes, 3-5 large pieces. If desired, cut into roses as shown above, and place on the board.

Your Charcuterie Board is now ready
to serve and eat!

Your charcuterie board can be made the day before your event or the day of! If making your board the night before, cover with cling wrap and store in fridge.

If there are extra sliced meat or sausages leftover that were not used (or eaten!), cover and store in the fridge for future use.