This weekend I will be attending the Food Bloggers of Canada Conference 2013. On Friday night, come meet your fellow attendees and sponsors while enjoying a pre-dinner glass of wine courtesy of Wine Country Ontario and sample some appetizers from a variety of sponsors.
Ontario Pork is sponsoring the cocktail reception and serving up some delicious charcuterie. charcuterie (Shar kew ter EE) is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, pates or confit primarily from pork. Originally intended as a way to preserve meat before the advent of refrigeration, they are prepared today for their flavors derived from the preservation processes. If you are unable to attend this event, I suggest maybe making your own charcuterie at home.
To make your own at home, the key is to choose good ingredients. Pick your olives at an olive bar, bake your own bread, or use some good artisan breads and if at all possible slice the meats at the last minute using a meat slicer. I would suggest grabbing a variety of olives, fresh bread, spreads and meat of course! Some of the meat I would suggest includes: coppa, pancetta, mortadella and prosciutto cotto and any other of your favorites. Next, take all of these ingredients and place them artfully on a wooden cutting board. Place the spreads in small ramekins with small spoons. This simple appetizer (or possible main meal) is very satisfying, easy to make and great served with good wine.