First things first, how do you pronounce charcuterie? Simple: Shahr-Koo-Tuh-Ree. It just rolls right off the tongue. Now that you’ve mastered the pronunciation, let’s dive into the meat (pun intended) of it all.
Just what is charcuterie? French in origin, charcuterie is a style of cooking that is used to preserve meats through methods like salt curing, brining and fermenting. The results are delicious meat products like bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, pates, galantine and roulade, just to name a few. Even though we now have refrigerators to preserve our meats, charcuterie is still a popular method because of the flavor it imparts on meat. Today, most charcuterie boards feature a mix of these cured meats, along with spreads, cheeses and pickles.