Charcuterie Perfection

’Charcuterie’ technically means a selection of fine meats, but most entertainers also add artisan cheeses, crackers, nuts and other produce to add visual interest and, of course, to build on the flavour. Unley Shopping Centre has everything you need to create the perfect platter for your next event.

Valledoro Saltelli Grissini, $2.29, Tony & Mark’s; Proscuitto, $54.99/kg, SA Fine Meats; Sicilian Olives, $4, Culture Shock Provisions; Sandhurst Sun-dried Tomatoes, $3.70, Woolworths;Riverside Natural Peacans, $5.95, Woolworths; Sourdough Batard, $7.50, Dulwich Bakery; Crispbic Crisp Breads, $7.49, Tony & Mark’s; Provolone Dolce, $26.95/kg, Culture Shock Provisions; Bleu d’Auvergne, $84.95/kg, Culture Shock Provisions; De Palma Ghost Pepper Salame, $18.79, Culture Shock Provisions; Figs, $8.99, Tony & Mark’s; Grapes, $4.99/kg, Tony & Mark’s; Peer Sorensen Round Chopping Board, 52cm x 40.5cm, $59.95, Semprinis Newsagency; Bowls, $6.95 each, Semprinis Newsagency; Cheese Knife, $24.95, Semprinis Newsagency

A rustic hardwood timber cutting board is the best choice, while marble boards are also popular. The shape is a matter of preference but remember the bigger the board, the more meats, cheeses and fresh produce you’ll need.


A cured selection of well-presenting meats like prosciutto, smoked sausages and salami work well. Spreadable meat such as pate are also common additions. 


Include cheeses with contrasting flavours, such as a hard cheese, soft cheese and blue cheese. Cut some small shards off and scatter around to add texture.


Fresh crusty bread, crackers and breadsticks can be stacked to add height, while fresh local in-season fruit will give your board a pop of colour. Small bowls filled with nuts, olives or dips can be used to anchor the arrangement. Use whatever you have handy, such as small ramekins or glass jars. They don’t have to match!