Dips & Spreads

Teaching how to craft the perfect charcuterie board is about helping them balance flavors and textures. Dips and spreads play a crucial role in this harmony, offering a creamy or tangy counterpoint to the salty meats and rich cheeses.

Offering Suggestions:

  1. Classic Hummus: A versatile choice that pairs well with both meats and vegetables. For a twist, offer flavored varieties such as roasted red pepper or garlic.
  2. Fig Jam: Its sweet profile complements the savory notes of most meats and cheeses, especially stronger-flavored ones like blue cheese.
  3. Olive Tapenade: A salty, briny spread that brings out the flavors of milder cheeses and adds complexity to the board.
  4. Mustard: Offering a variety of mustards, from Dijon to whole grain, can add a spicy or tangy element that cuts through the richness of the charcuterie.

Pairing Ideas:

  • Pair creamy spreads like brie or goat cheese with sweet jams to balance their richness.
  • Use tangy spreads like mustard or tapenade to complement fatty meats such as salami or prosciutto.

Presentation Tips:

  • Serve dips and spreads in small, attractive bowls or ramekins with miniature spoons for easy serving. Make sure they have lids so your guests can close them up and not spill!
  • Consider the visual appeal of your dips and spreads. Colorful jams or vibrant pestos can add a pop of color to your guests boards.