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Meat & Cheese Gift Baskets

For the cheesemonger in your life, an assorted cheese gift basket filled with Monterey Jack, Brie, and Merlot cheddar will fill their heart and stomach. You can’t go wrong with gourmet meat and cheese gift baskets from FTD.

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What is charcuterie food?

Long before refrigerators were invented, humans had to preserve their meat. This was done by curing or drying meats to prevent bacteria from spoiling them. Salt is another staple to charcuterie, as it’s the world’s oldest preservative.  
Today, charcuterie encompasses any meat that had been cured in the traditional way. Charcuterie food typically consists of meats and cheeses, along with accoutrements, or additional sides such as crackers, bread, jams, and fresh or dried fruit. Common charcuterie meats include:
  • Pâtés
  • Sausage
  • Galantines
  • Terrines
  • Salami
  • Confit
  • Crèpinettes.
  • Ballotines
Tasty charcuterie cheeses include:
  • Sharp cheddar
  • Gouda
  • Brie
  • Burrata
  • Gruyère
  • Camembert

Accoutrements you can never go wrong with include:
  • Honey
  • Jams and jellies
  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Hummus
  • Nuts
  • Olives

Is charcuterie an appetizer?

At most restaurants, especially farm-to-table, you’ll typically find charcuterie boards on the appetizer menu. Charcuterie boards make the perfect appetizer because they’re small, easy to nibble on, and even easier to share with those around you.  
This makes meat and cheese baskets the perfect gift for the food connoisseur in your life. When you bring meat and cheese gifts to the party, you’ll instantly bring everyone together. And when you order from FTD, you’ll leave a lasting impression on every attendee’s taste buds.

How do you arrange a meat and cheese platter?

Whether you’re looking to create your own thank you gift or business gift, a meat and cheese platter can never go wrong. You don’t need to be a professional charcutier to arrange your own meat and cheese tray. All you need to know is what meats, cheeses, and other tasty items pair well.   First, start off with the meat. Choosing at least three to five different types of charcuterie meats is a good place to start. Common staples include salami, confit, sausage, and galantines. Then, grab some cheese. Brie, gouda, sharp cheddar, and burrata are sure to be a hit. Finally, complete your meat and cheese platter with some accoutrements. Crackers, olives, hummus, grapes, and other fruit are a must.  
Once you’re finished arranging your meat and cheese platter, wrap it up and send it as a gift or lay it out for your next party! You can even pair it with a fresh and delicious fruit basket, too.