While massive charcuterie boards make our entertaining-lovin' hearts happy, it doesn't seem like the safest food option in these crazy times. Luckily, individually portioned snacks at small get-togethers don't have to be boring - they can be beautiful too!
Charcuterie cups are all the rage right now, and we're here for it.
We love that they're single portioned but look great together on a serving board. You can mix and match elements to create a variety of cup options for your guests... and it's actually pretty easy.
Start with a clear plastic champagne glass. Then add some taller cheese "sticks". I cut some "stripey Jack" here to have a taller base at the back of the cup.
Then add a few pieces of cubed cheese.
Next, skewer some olives on a toothpick. I used pitted Castelvetrano olives because I love the bright green color! Whatever you use, make sure they are pitted so it will be easier for your guests to eat.
Next, add some Marcona almonds (these are our favorite).
Next, cut a wooden BBQ skewer to be slightly longer than the width of the glass.
Then fold over salami and ruffle out the edges. If your salami is smaller like the small batch brand we carry (you can get ours here), you can just fold it in half. If it's larger like Genoa salami, you will want to fold it in half and then half again.
Depending on how full your cup is at this point, you can either lay your ruffled meat skewer across the glass or secure it in a block of cheese.
The fun part is you can get as creative as you want! Garnish each cup differently - with fruit, edible flowers, sliced fig or raw honeycomb... or even with crackers - it's up to you. Check out a few of ours below - we went for a bold option with the octopus in one - wouldn't that be an unexpected offering?
Or try cups with a variety of candy for a Halloween spread.
No matter how you fill them up, "charcuterie cups" would make a fun addition to your next little gathering. Even if it's just family, adding a little festive touch makes it more special... and we can all use a little more of that this year.
Hope you enjoy making your own cup creations! If you do, tag us on Instagram so we can see them! (@barquegifts)