The season of picnics, potlucks, and graduation celebrations is upon us and charcuterie boards can make for an attractive, low-effort, crowd-pleasing centerpiece for these types of gatherings. The word “charcuterie” refers to cold cooked, cured, or smoked meats, so in the most literal sense, a traditional charcuterie board is just a meat platter, though the everyday definition has expanded to include a broad combination of cheeses, dried and fresh fruits and vegetables, pickled veggies, toasted nuts, olives, and complementary condiments – honeys, jams, jellies, chutneys, mustards and more! Our weekly sale from May 18th – 24th features a lineup of ingredients to help get you started and this recipe will guide you in pulling those ingredients together. That being said, a prime ingredient in any charcuterie board is creativity, so consider this a canvas upon which to build according to your own tastes!

Prosciutto Pear Panini

This sweet and savory panini celebrates the classic pairing of prosciutto and pears. You’ll find local La Panciata Toscano bread along with organic Bartlett pears and Colameco Prosciutto featured in our weekly sale from August 26th – September 1st, so it’s a perfect time to give it a try. If you don’t have a panini grill at home, simply use a griddle pan or a cast-iron skillet.