Some call it a cheese platter and others, a charcuterie platter. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious and suitable for any festive occasion or romantic dinner. There’s really nothing quite like getting together with friends, sharing a bottle (or three) of wine and savouring a wonderful selection of local cheeses and cured meats. It sounds simple, but there is an art to putting together a beautiful charcuterie board.
There are many local farmers and butchers from Québec that make their own products. I walked around the Jean Talon Market and could not believe the selection! There are beautiful cheeses made from raw, goat and of course, classic cow’s milk. As for the meats, there is a wide variety of dried salamis, cured meats, terrines and pâtés. Below, you will find a list of some of the best places to purchase local charcuterie, as well as where to eat these fun, finger-food platters. But first, take a look at the cheese and charcuterie board I have assembled.
When putting together your platter, it’s good to start with a statement dish, such as a wooden cutting board. The one I used was handmade by my dad (thanks dad!). If you do not have one, a large white dish will do (the white offsets the ingredients nicely).
When selecting your cheeses, it’s a good idea to get a variety of soft and hard. A tip is to calculate 75g of cheese per guest. As for the meat selection, include a variety of fatty meats such as salami or saucisson, leaner cuts such as prosciutto or bresaola and rillette or pâté to round it off on a soft and creamy note.
Once you plate the meats and cheeses, add any accoutrements you desire, such as cornichons (small French pickles), nuts, dried fruit, grapes, olives and so on. It’s also important to provide a selection of bread and/or crackers. Once your platter is ready to go, your guests will be so impressed!!!
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton
WHERE TO BUY LOCAL MEATS AND CHEESES
5237 St-Laurent, Montreal, Qc
2200, rue Jean Talon Est, Montreal, Qc
Qui lait cru!?! Fromagerie
7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montreal, Qc
La maison du rôti
1969 Ave. Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, Qc
185 St-Viateur Ouest, Montreal, Qc
WHERE TO EAT GREAT CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE PLATTERS
425 Rue Mayor, Montreal, Qc
Buvette Chez Simone
4869 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Qc
Le Comptoir charcuteries et vins
4807 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Qc
Chez ma grosse truie chérie
1801 Rue Ontario Est, Montreal, Qc
Salle à manger
1302 Mt Royal Ave E, Montreal, Qc
WHERE TO BUY LOCAL CUTTING BOARDS