What is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie is of French decent, and basically means cured meats.  This doesn’t tell the whole story though, as what it has come to be known as is fine meat assembled artistically for consumption; typically as an appetizer.  Popularized with cheeses, crackers, bread, and other accompaniments; charcuterie is now a staple of entertaining and impressing your guests with gorgeous boards that taste as good as they look.