Charcuterie influencers, such as Marissa Mullen (@thatcheeseplate), have created a popular niche on social media that consumers did not even realize they desired until it was at their fingertips. They’ve quickly risen to popularity, but these are not just cold cuts and crackers thrown on a plate. From salami rivers, to artisanal crackers, to cute brie cutouts, to rosemary garnishes, the options are endless when assembling the perfect charcuterie board. The newest charcuterie trend is “jarcuterie” and it takes charcuterie to another level. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a charcuterie board in the form of individual jars. Great for picnics or hanging on the porch, these little jars are for the individual and come with no worries of spreading anything.
- Materials/Ingredients Needed:
- **Feel free to substitute ingredients to fit your diet**
- Kebab skewers
- Cutting board
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cheddar cheese
- Pepper salami
- Hot capocollo
- Hot calabrese
Step 1: Make sure the jar is clean, the produce has been thoroughly washed, and the kebab skewers are cut so they can properly fit into the jar.
Step 2: Fill jar with cashews, leaving a bit of space at the top, and then top with cherry tomatoes
Step 3: Take kebab skewers and pierce the strawberries and grapes. Set aside.
Step 4: Cut up the cheddar cheese with a knife and pierce with skewers. Set aside.
Step 5: Fold the sliced meats (not including the prosciutto) in half and again into quarters to get them looking neat and tidy. Pierce these with skewers as desired (I placed the hot calabrese and pepper salami together and did a separate skewer for the hot capocollo.) Set aside.
Step 6: Gently roll up slices of prosciutto. This meat is very delicate and can rip easily. Do not pierce these with a skewer.
Step 7: Now that the prep is done, begin filling the jar with the set aside skewers. (I placed the grapes and strawberries in first and then added the meat and cheese at the end.)
Step 8: Place the prosciutto and carrots in wherever space is left. At this point, the jar should be full enough to avoid any food from falling out.
Step 9: Place crackers on top and your jar is complete!
Unfortunately, we will not be grazing party-sized charcuterie boards together for a while, so the individualized “jarcuterie” trend is a good way to still enjoy cheese and deli meats while keeping safe.