I’ve had a love of charcuterie for many years now. Cured meats, sausages, pâtés, terrines, pickles, homemade mustards, I love it all. Most of my favorite restaurants have a really great charcuterie board on their appetizer list, which is not at all a coincidence.
But I totally get that not everybody is familiar with this style of cooking. While in New Orleans with a group of friends, we were sitting down to a great meal in a kind of noisy restaurant, which meant we ended up yelling across the table at each other. Somebody wanted to order charcuterie, somebody else didn’t know what it was. “What?!? Did you say SHARKcuterie? It’s made of sharks?!?”
I’m not sure I’ll ever see another charcuterie board again without giggling to myself at the thought of shark sausage and shark prosciutto. I kept it decidedly non-sharky with these personal-sized charcuterie-board-in-a-cup appetizers, opting for just (pork, not shark) salami and prosciutto.
I’ve also included big chunks of award-winning Salemville® Amish Gorgonzola cheese in these charcuterie party cups. This blue-veined cheese is sustainably produced by an Amish community in Cambria, Wisconsin. All Salemville cheeses are farmer-certified rBGH free, rich in calcium and contain no preservatives or chemical additives.
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