Looking to make the perfect charcuterie board? Great breads will help take your cheese platter to the next level. Read on for the best bread for charcuterie.
Building the ultimate charcuterie board is an art. You want a mix of soft cheese and hard cheese, cured meats, savory spreads, and sweet and salty snacks. With all those delicious ingredients to think about, sometimes the dippers are an afterthought! But great crackers and breads can really help take your cheese board to the next level.
I'm here to help! Check out my post on the best dips and spreads for charcuterie for all the best dips. And see my article on the best crackers for charcuterie to help with your cracker selection. Featuring homemade and store-bought artisan crackers, multigrain crackers, water crackers and buttery crackers, you will find everything you need to navigate the cracker aisle.
This post is the place to be for all things bread! A great bread for your charcuterie board can provide the perfect vehicle for your meats, cheeses and dips, and can also fill up some of that blank space on your board with more economical ingredients. Fancy meats and cheeses can be expensive, but delicious bread, crackers, and fresh or dried fruits can fill some of that extra space with a wide range of tasty bites that are easier on the wallet. Whether you are looking for a crusty bread for crostini, or a soft pita bread for a Mediterranean charcuterie board, this article has it all!
What is Charcuterie?
Charcuterie originates in France, and the french word literally means "cured meats." Traditional charcuterie consists of several types of cheese and meat, often served on a wooden board, and accompanied by a glass of wine. And of course, one of the best accompaniments to meats and cheeses is great bread! There are a variety of breads that are well suited to charcuterie, so choose your favorite!
Whole grain or multigrain bread is a delicious addition to your board. With a rich nutty flavor, whole grain bread is perfect to stand up to strong cheeses, like cheddar cheese or gouda. Get bread from your local bakery with nuts and seeds baked in for some additional flavor and texture.
Quick Spelt Bread Recipe
Traditional french bread is always a fan favorite. Crusty bread from your local bakery is perfect canvas for just about anything on your cheese board. It has a nice neutral flavor that can be paired with almost any of your favorite cheeses, and savory or sweet spreads. A long thin white bread baguette is perfect for making crostini. You want to avoid pre-sliced white breads from the grocery store, as they are too soft to stand up to your dips and cheeses.
Easy Italian White Bread
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Sourdough bread is my personal favorite type of bread for a cheese board. This bread has a unique flavor that makes it a great option to pair with creamy cheese like brie cheese or cream cheese. I also love it with savory meat. It does have a strong flavor that not everyone likes, so give it a try and make sure you like it before serving it at your next party!
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Breadsticks are a fun addition to your cheese board. They can be great dippers, and they are an excellent option to add some different shapes and visual interest to your charcuterie board.
Easy Breadstick Recipe
Specialty breads can be a great addition to your board to add some new and different flavors. They are also great for serving all the different preferences in a large crowd! Breads like fruit quick breads (lemon or orange loaf), herb breads, and pretzel bites or mini croissants are readily available at most bakeries, and are an easy addition to your charcuterie board. And of course, here are some homemade options too!
An artisan bread with herbs will help add variety and flavor options to your charcuterie board. This delicious rosemary bread would be perfect paired with an apricot jam or fig jam.
No Knead Rustic Rosemary Bread
Homemade pretzels or pretzel bites would be a fun addition to your board, and perfect for serving with cheddar, hard salami, or dipping in softer cheeses.
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Pita bread is a great option for a Mediterranean inspired charcuterie board. It's ideal for savory spreads like hummus and tzatziki.
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