Updated Charcuterie

I love charcuterie. At holiday parties. At office parties. At football-viewing parties. It’s like a mini buffet of tasty goodness.

Watch any Foot Network show and they’ll talk about the foods that typically go on a charcuterie board. They’ll encourage you to artfully arrange a variety cured meats, cheese, olives, nuts, dried fruit, crackers, jelly, or jam.

There are no rules with charcuterie… which is why I decided to add roasted crickets from Cricket Flours to my last board. It was a first for me, so I didn’t go nuts and sprinkle them all over the place … just added a simple ramekin full of crickets to the board. And I didn’t say anything. I just let my guests discover them on their own.

As with most new things, the crickets elicited mixed reviews. Many guests wouldn’t even try them. Of those who bravely sampled the crickets, some complained about the legs and antennae that not caught in their teeth. Others said they liked the crunch and flavor. A few turned for second and third helpings of crickets.

I’m not certain I’ll include crickets on every charcuterie board, but it truly was a fun way to shake things up. And, it got a few people to step outside their comfort zone … I don’t think that’s ever a bad thing.