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5 pairing tips for a perfect charcuterie platter

Contributed by: News Canada

Television personality Chef D, the corporate chef for Piller's Fine Foods (a Waterloo, Ontario company) recommends the following elements for the perfect charcuterie platter this holiday season.

Meats:

  • Dry-cured salamis, like Piller's Charcuterie Alpen or Cervelat salami
  • Piller's Charcuterie Westphalian Ham

Cheeses:

  • Aged cheddars, three to seven years old, complement dry-cured salamis
  • Triple cream brie and raw milk goat cheese also go well.
  • Westphalian Ham (one of three new hand-crafted artisanal meats from Piller's) wraps nicely around parmesan cheese.

Breads:

  • Whole wheat, seven-grain, or sun dried tomato flat breads
  • Savoury crisps

Wines:

  • Chardonnays pair amazingly well because they are aged in oak and this brings out the smoky, savoury flavours of the meats
  • The light acid and peppery flavour of Pinot Noir pairs well with the savouriness of the meats

Beer:

  • Pale ale

Other:

  • Red and green grapes
  • Walnuts
  • Spreads with flavours like Tomato-Chili Jam and Roasted Red Pepper
  • Honey, a newly popular garnish for every charcuterie platter

More information and recipe ideas are available online at pillers.com.

Serving Size: 10


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