Spanish cuisine is renowned for its rich flavors, vibrant colors, and diverse culinary traditions. When it comes to charcuterie, Spain holds a special place, offering an array of delectable cured meats, cheeses, and accompaniments that capture the essence of the country's rich heritage. Today we are sharing our favorite ways to create an authentic Spanish charcuterie board!
Spanish Cured Meats
No Spanish charcuterie board is complete without traditional cured meats. Start with Jamón Ibérico, a premium cured ham that is a specialty in Spain. Chorizo, a smoky and spicy cured sausage, and Salchichón, a milder, peppery sausage, will add variety and depth to the board. These meats add spice and flavor to your charcuterie board!
Complement the cured meats with an assortment of Spanish cheeses that showcase the country's cheese-making expertise. Manchego, made from sheep's milk, is a classic choice with its nutty flavor and firm texture. Mahón, a cow's milk cheese, offers a buttery and tangy taste. Queso de Cabra, a creamy goat cheese, provides a delightful contrast. Including these distinct Spanish cheeses adds delicious flavor and authenticity to your charcuterie board.
Olives and Olive Oil
Olives are a staple of Spanish cuisine! We love including a variety of olives scattered around our charcuterie board and including our Vitality and Joy Extra-Virgin Olive Oils to dip bread and crackers into and to drizzle over the meats and cheeses. Olives and olive oil add a pop of color but also offer a delightful burst of Mediterranean goodness that complements the cured meats and cheeses.
To accompany the cured meats and cheeses, provide a selection of rustic Spanish bread, such as crusty baguettes or traditional pan de cristal. These breads have a chewy texture and act as a perfect vessel for building flavor-packed bites. Grissini, thin and crispy breadsticks, also make an excellent addition, adding a delicate crunch and enhancing the overall charcuterie experience.
Our Favorite Accompaniments
Enhance your Spanish charcuterie board by incorporating some authentic accompaniments! Piquillo peppers, roasted and marinated, provide a touch of sweetness and smokiness. Marcona almonds, with their buttery richness, and spicy Chorizo-stuffed dates bring unique textures and flavors to the board.
Finish your board with an extra drizzle of our Vitality and Joy olive oils and a sprinkle of our Elevate Mediterranean Spices! Enjoy and tag us on instagram @yourolivoamigo so we can see your beautiful charcuterie board creations!