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How to Make a Masterful Cheese & Charcuterie Platter

At Fairway Market, we believe that cheese and charcuterie is key at every holiday party. Curating one of these platters for a big crowd can be overwhelming, but we’re here with you every step of the way.

We’ve put together some tips for building your own masterpiece, and we have experts in every department waiting to help if you lose your footing!

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Cheese:

Stop by the cheese counter and speak with our cheesemongers. Tell them a bit about what you’re looking for, and they will help you pick the perfect options for your tray.
As a general rule of thumb, you’ll want to get at least one in each of these categories— creamy, soft, semi-hard, goat cheese and blue cheese. Make sure you cover everything from mild to stinky—after all, the cheese is the star of the show!

Meat:

Similarly, you’ll want to make sure you get an assortment of cuts and textures that range from mild to bold. We recommend one cured, hard sausage; a pate or rillette; something smoked; and a thin-sliced cut of cured pork leg. If you need help deciding, visit our delicatessen and ask the experts behind the counter.

Preserves, Jams and Spreads:

Be sure to cover sweet, savory, and salty with this category. Whole grain mustard, red pepper spread, olive tapenade, Cara Cucina artichoke cream, fig jam and raspberry preserves are our favorites!

Brined bites:

Virtually anything that you can find at our world-class olive bar—olives, pepperoncini, cornichons or any pickled vegetable will be perfect.

Nuts:

You’ll need three varieties for this category— salted, candied, and raw.

Bread:

We like to keep it simple for this one. Grab a few Fairway baguettes and have them sliced at the bakery. Keep half of the slices soft and fresh, and toast the other half to make crostini.

Looking for something simple?

Our resident charcuterie specialist has given us some of his favorite combinations:

1.
• Parmigiano Reggiano
• Fairway Prosciutto di Parma 20 mo.
• Almond-stuffed green olives

2.
• Stilton
• Veroni Spianata Roma Salumi
• Dalmatia Fig Spread

3.
• Fontina Val D’Aosta
• Fairway Prosciutto di San Daniele 20 mo.
• Castelvetrano Olives

4.
• Fairway 8 Month Manchego
• Jamón Serrano
• Marcona Almonds
• Membrillo Quince Paste

5.
• Aged Gouda
• North Country Bone-In Wood Smoked Ham
• Date Syrup

6.
• Epoisse
• Pick Hungarian Salami
• French Dry Sausage
• Nicoise Olives

7.
• Moliterno Truffle Cheese
• Prosciutto di Culatelo
• Cerignola Olives

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