When talking about the jarcuterie (pronounced like charcuterie, but JAR-cuterie) that I would be serving at my upcoming dinner party this weekend, my friend gave me a vacant blank stare. Surely everyone knew what this wonderful new invention was? I was wrong. So I wonder, are you also new to the concept, or are you completely and utterly sold to the idea and have been practising it since COVID?
Brie, salami, blackberries, almonds, crostini stick, lychee balls and assorted other cheese, from modernglam.com
Jarcuterie is basically charcuterie in a jar - hence the name - single serves in glass jars or cups. The bonus is that you get to take your meat and cheese appetiser with you while mingling (yes, I know - pure genius!)
Interested? Here are a few top tips when creating your vertical charcuterie layout:
Opting for mini cheeses, dried fruits, and a twig of rosemary, from ainttooproudtomeg.com
You’ll need an assortment of cold meats, cheeses and accompaniments that pair well such as fruit, dried fruit, olives and nuts, along with a certain quantity of cute glasses. They don’t even have to be matching.
Last of all, it would be a good idea to place each finished jar, on top of a napkin, so as guests grab the jar, the napkin is ready to go too.
Rather than talking you through it, here is another inspirational picture for you - after all a picture is worth a thousand words.
We love the subtle nod to Christmas in this jar, with a half-dressed Babybel and festival colours on theme, from thetravelbite.com