Looking to make the perfect charcuterie board? You will need great crackers! Whether crispy, buttery or multigrain, the right crackers will help take your cheese board to the next level. Read on for the best crackers to serve with charcuterie.
Charcuterie boards are incredibly popular, with beautiful spreads of colorful ingredients all over social media and food blogs. It’s easy to see why! Charcuterie is fun and delicious. Full of a variety of flavors and textures, charcuterie has something for everyone, and is perfect for your next party.
BUT, actually building the best charcuterie board can seem a little overwhelming when you step into the cheese section of your local grocery store and see shelves upon shelves of meats, cheeses and crackers. Follow my helpful guides for the best crackers for charcuterie, best breads for charcuterie, and best dips and spreads for charcuterie, and you will be well on your way!
This article is all about crackers. Crackers may be the afterthought of your charcuterie platter, but every board needs them! I’m here to help you find the right cracker to be the perfect canvas for your various cheeses and savory dips. From store-bought to homemade, read on for the best type of cracker for your cheese tray.
For charcuterie board ideas, check out my Mediterranean charcuterie board.
What is charcuterie?
Charcuterie originates in France, and the word literally means “cured meats.” Traditional charcuterie consists of meats and cheeses, often served on a wooden board, and accompanied by a glass of wine. And of course, any good meat and cheese board needs… crackers!!
A crunchy cracker is a great addition to your cheese board. Crispy crackers are my favorite for serving with soft cheeses like brie cheese or cream cheese. The texture of the cracker is a great contrast to creamy cheeses.
Breton Original Crackers are a mild tasting, light and crispy wheat cracker. These crackers also come in a variety of flavors like cracked pepper and olive oil, or sweet potato and ancient grains.
Buttery crackers are perfect for spicy or sharp cheeses, like sharp cheddar cheese or pepper jack. They are also great with spicy meats like summer sausage.
The all-time classic butter cracker is, of course, Ritz crackers. These crackers and tender, buttery, salty, and perfect in every way. They may not be the most artisan cracker of the bunch, but honestly, they are pretty much everyone’s favorite, so you should put them on your charcuterie board!
Whole grain crackers are a nice option to go with harder cheeses that have a strong flavor, like cheddar or gouda.
Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers are a sturdy cracker made with 100% whole wheat flour. They have a mild, slightly sweet taste.
Gluten Free Crackers
Whenever I’m serving a large crowd, I always like to offer gluten free crackers. Several members of my family are gluten-free, so I’ve personally tried a lot of options!
Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers are my personal favorite. They are a baked rice cracker with sesame seeds, and are super crispy and salty. I like these crackers so much, I regularly buy them for myself even though I’m not gluten-free!
There are some delicious artisan crackers available these days in a variety of savory flavors.
Rustic Bakery makes great artisan flatbread crackers. Their Rosemary and Olive Oil Flatbread Crackers would be great herb crackers to add to your charcuterie board. These crackers are a long thin rectangle, and can also be great for adding different shapes to your charcuterie board.
Sometimes a simple cracker is what you need to really let your cheese shine. A plain cracker is perfect for serving with boldly flavored specialty cheeses like Boursin, blue cheese or flavored goat cheese.
Carr’s Table Water Crackers are the perfect plain cracker. Mild and crispy, they do their job well – which is to let the strong flavor of their toppings shine!
If you really want to make a memorable charcuterie board, give homemade crackers a try! These delicious crackers will keep your guests coming back for more.
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