Charcuterie selection including cheese, meat, crackers, olives, grapes, tomatoes, and nuts
16 Underrated Foods To Include On Your Next Charcuterie Board
Pickled Veggies
While pickles are already common charcuterie board offerings, consider expanding your pickle selection to include other pickled veggies.
Pickled radishes, beets, carrots, and even cauliflower make a nice, subtle addition. You can also try flavorful options like spicy pickled jalapenos or sweet pickled strawberries.
Muhammara is a Middle Eastern dip composed of roasted red bell peppers, Aleppo peppers, walnuts, and pomegranate molasses.
The nutty, sweet notes of the walnuts and pomegranate make it a great pairing with many meats and cheeses, and the complex spiciness of the Aleppo peppers gives it a surprise kick.
Kimchi, a fermented cabbage that can include green onions, and other vegetables alongside various spices, alliums, and gochugaru, can provide a spicy spin to your board.
Undeniably delicious, kimchi's tangy flavor notes could easily replace the sourness that pickles provide with the added surprise of spice.
Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate's complex flavor profile and bitterness make it a perfect pairing with funky cheeses, such as Gorgonzola.
If funk isn't your thing, opt for a milder cheese like Brie. Parmesan will add a salty, nutty dimension and enhance the rich coffee-like bitterness of the chocolate.
Typically composed of dried fruit, nuts, warm spices, candied citrus, and sometimes liquor like brandy or Port wine, mincemeat makes a unique sweet spiced spread.
If you don't have time to make it from scratch, pre-made, ready-to-use, jarred mincemeat makes adding mincemeat to your charcuterie board more approachable.