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Hot Off the Grill - Grilled Charcuterie Platters

Tired of the same old summer stand-bys? This summer, say hello to the grilled charcuterie platter! Watch your neighbours swarm to your backyard like bees to honey when you grill European-inflected links and make your own prosciutto chips! Paired with some Bick’s® salads and accompaniments, all you’ll have to say is Buon Appetito! Here’s how to get started.

Derived from the Italian word for “cooked meat”, charcuterie is a platter of dry-cured meats and grilled sausages served alongside a selection of pickles, cocktail onions and peppers. Charcuterie platters are one of the hottest restaurant trends in Canada right now – and one that you can easily pull off at home. So find a large platter or wooden board, grill up some of our recipes, arrange them in a pleasing pattern and gather your friends and family around for feast they’ll be begging to have again.

Ready, Set, Grill!

Buy good quality, smoked, ready-to-eat Polish Kielbasa, Ukrainian Kabanossi, German Bratwursts, Jagdwurst or Hungarian Csabai. There are lots of sausages to choose from so be sure to experiment. Clean the grill with a wire brush. Spray or brush the cool grill rack with vegetable oil prior to heating to ensure your food doesn’t stick. Preheat your grill to medium for 10 minutes. Grill the sausages for 3 to 4 minutes per side until you’ve got grill marks on your charcuterie – and remember – if they’re smoked, they’re likely pre-cooked (ask if you’re not sure) so don’t leave them on too long or they’ll dry out. If they’re raw, grill each side until cooked through.

Crisp Them Up!

Purchase a selection of Italian Mortadella slices, Prosciutto, thinly sliced Pancetta or Canadian maple smoked bacon. Line one side of the grill with heavy-duty aluminum foil, lay the meat slices (not layered or touching) on the foil and close the barbecue lid. Preheat the barbecue to medium. Turn the slices occasionally to ensure that the grill’s dry heat is doing its job. They are ready for your platter when they are nice and crisp.

Skewer It!

Soak small bamboo spears in water for one hour. Then skewer a cube of whole, smoked turkey breast (or any of your favourite smoked charcuterie sausage) in between a Bick’s Cocktail Onion and a piece of mild or hot Bick’s Banana Peppers. Lay the skewers on the grill for a few minutes to sear and then arrange on your platter.

Add a Splash of Green!

Wash and dry asparagus spears. Snap off the woody ends and toss the asparagus in a bit of olive oil. Place on the grill and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes (depending on the thickness), turning once. Remove, season with salt and pepper to taste and wrap the bottom of each piece with a slice of prosciutto. Arrange on the platter with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and grind or two of hot red pepper flakes.

Fabulous Fingerlings

Grill 6 slices of double smoked bacon, then dice. Lightly toss 2 lbs of washed and dried skin-on baby or fingerling potatoes in olive oil. Grill for 30 minutes or until cooked through. Tip: You can parboil the potatoes for 10 minutes before oiling and grilling them for faster cooking on the barbecue. Remove the potatoes from the grill, and toss them with the diced bacon, some Bick’s Zesty Onion Relish (to taste), a few finely chopped Bick’s Polski Ogorki pickles, salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Then arrange them on your platter or serve from a bowl.

Grilled Charcuterie Platter

There’s something for everyone in this perfect summer meal. On a platter, arrange grilled sausage and sliced meats with all your favourite pickles including gherkins, cocktail onions and pepper rings. Serve with fresh bread and enjoy!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Cool salads make hot summer meals! This one combines penne pasta, pickles, peppers, feta, mozzarella, cilantro and green onion with a light basil vinaigrette. It’s a delicious side dish if you’re having a barbecue or yummy on its own for lunch.

 

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Grilled Charcuterie Platter Grilled Charcuterie Platter
There’s something for everyone in this perfect summer meal. On a platter, arrange grilled sausage and sliced meats with all your favourite pickles including gherkins, cocktail onions and pepper rings. Serve with fresh bread and enjoy!
Mediterranean Pasta Salad Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Cool salads make hot summer meals! This one combines penne pasta, pickles, peppers, feta, mozzarella, cilantro and green onion with a light basil vinaigrette. It’s a delicious side dish if you’re having a barbecue or yummy on its own for lunch.