We are fans of putting together boards for quick meals and entertaining. Charcuterie boards have been a fixture in our homes for it’s ease of assembling and great for  a casual night watching Netflix or over when we have company over. No need to use up precious time on the stove or oven. Equally as delicious is the Hummus Board that is a great addition or alternative to the Charcuterie Board.

Both boards can be done at any budget. But what’s the difference?

The main feature of the Charcuterie is the selection of meats. The method of curing is often past down from generation to generation. We can still find these time-honoured family traditions particularly in France and Italy.

The traditional French Charcuterie uses cured meats and often associated with artisanal meats. You would often find a variety of meats including thinly sliced prosciutto style meats, rillettes (similar to pate), sausages, mousses, along side pickled veggies and crisp toasts. Fresh figs, or a compote, and nuts like almonds or walnuts on the side gives a nice balance to the board. Some will also include a selection of cheese.

Italians also have their version we know as Antipasto. This is often served as an appetizer and consists of  salami, prosciutto, pancetta, salsiccia (link sausage), crostini, olives and other delicious items. Often served in large platters for guests to help themselves.

Hummus has been enjoyed for centuries by Egyptians, Lebanese, Greeks, Turkish, Syrians, Israelis and others. The stories of how this dish became a national treasure can be rooted in each  and it’s origin is still being debated today. Regardless, the humble chickpea dish can take on different personalities from zesty to tangy and peppery. The basic foundation of hummus is chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon that’s ground to dipping texture — that ranges in consistency. It’s a healthy snack and dip.

Hummus is very versatile as many different toppings go well including pine nuts, red pepper, even ground beef. It’s often served with crackers, toast, vegetables but warmed pita bread cut up or pretzel chips are our hands down favourites.

Traditionally hummus is served in a clay bowl. A well would be created with the dip pushed up the sides of the dish and a bit of  great quality olive oil would be poured into this indentation.

The Hummus Board is just as easy to assemble as a Charcuterie Board. Take a look in your fridge and pantry to see what you can put together for everyday. We love doing that over here. But if you’re entertaining and wanting to up your hummus board game, find recipes here sabra.com