Charcuterie. This difficult-to-pronounce-but-delicious presentation of all things snackable is trending right now because it's a convenient and easy way to put together an appetizer tray or casual meal meant for sharing.
While officially “charcuterie” refers to prepared meat products (prosciutto, salami, pate, chorizo, pepperoni), in the past few years many restaurants and home charcutiers have used the term to refer to basically any combination of meats, cheeses, nuts, fruit, jams, crackers, olives, breads, and more displayed prettily on wooden boards of varying sizes.
That means you have free reign to get creative with some meat, cheese, crackers, and any other little bite-size food items you want to snack on. If you feel as though you’ve exhausted your supply of pepperoni and brie or are simply tired of eating the same old appetizery foods, we suggest you elevate your board by adding carryout from Buffalo Wings & Rings.
Whether you’re making a plate or a platter, our varieties of the best wing flavors, sauces, rubs, dips, starters, and more work perfectly with this charcuterie concept, and it makes a wonderful presentation for food you want to share with friends and family while watching the big game.
Carry Out Items and Food to Include
For this board, we opted to go wing-heavy with our best wing flavors and a few apps sprinkled in, plus dips, sauces, and veggies for added color and crunch. Items featured include:
- Boneless Wings with Buffalo Hot Sauce (10 piece)
- Traditional Wings with Garlic Mild Sauce (10 piece)
- Tenders with BBQ Medium Sauce (10 piece)
- Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressings
- Saratoga Chips with BBQ Sauce
- Pretzel Bites with Queso
- Onion Rings with ‘Bama White BBQ Dipping Sauce
- Bell peppers
If you have a bigger board or want to add other items, consider filling in with the following:
- Nuts like almonds or shelled pistachios
- Crackers of different shapes and sizes
- A variety of cheeses
- Fruit like grapes and apple slices
- Dried fruit like apricots and figs
- Small jars of jams or honey
- Other dried meats
What Wood Do You Use for a Charcuterie Board?
Most boards are made from a food-safe, non-porous hardwood wood item like a large cutting board or tray. Other items that make great surfaces for charcuterie include marble, slate, bamboo, and ceramic platters. Choose a size that is compatible with the amount of snackers you’ll have on hand.
Have a big crowd? If you can’t find a board big enough for your crew, consider laying butcher block paper down right on a table or counter and create a big spread from there. There are no rules – create your feast how you see fit!
How to Build a Carry Out Charcuterie Board
The board featured here will feed 6-8 people generously. After placing your order for curbside pickup or delivery, plan on working quickly soon after receiving your food so you and your friends can eat while the food is still warm. (Need to order early and eat at a later time? No problem, our wings reheat in a jif!)
That means while you’re waiting for your food to arrive, you can take that time to cut rounds of cucumbers and thin sticks of carrots, celery, and peppers and gather any other items.
Once you have all the ingredients and your board picked out, place the largest food items on the board first (leaving space in between) and fill in items thereafter in descending size order. Also consider how you present the types and textures of each food item. (For example, put two red-colored sauces at opposite ends or add a soft cheese next to a hard cheese.)
Honestly though, there are no hard-and-fast rules for building a charcuterie board, just loose guidelines. Feel free to play here and make your board however you like!
How much food to include depends on the number of guests you need to feed. If the board is meant as an appetizer, plan for about two wings per person of each variety, more if it’s meant to be a meal. Count on about three ounces of meat and cheese per person. And as for the other items, fill in as you like based on your best guess. It’s always better to have too much food than not enough and leftovers are always a good thing!
Ready to make your own Buffalo Wings & Rings carry out charcuterie board at home? Place an order for delivery or curbside pickup today!