Midwest Charcuterie Platter

A Midwest Charcuterie Platter ripe with regional offerings including braunschweiger, venison sausage, mozzarella pretzel sticks, and ham and pickle roll ups. All the best Midwestern snacks on one delicious cheeseboard!

I became obsessed with charcuterie platters long before I knew how to say charcuterie.

Every time I see one in a magazine or on Pinterest, I stare at it endlessly and dream of making my own.

But I wanted to make a Charcuterie platter free of stuffy ingredients and assuming sauces that so often go with something described as Charcuterie.

A Midwest Charcuterie Platter ripe with regional offerings including braunschweiger, venison sausage, mozzarella pretzel sticks, and ham and pickle roll ups. All the best Midwestern snacks on one delicious cheeseboard!

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(By the way, in case you don’t know either, it’s pronounced shar-COO-tur-ee.)

So what IS a Charcuterie Platter, anyway?

It’s basically a cheese board fill with all the best possible snacks you could want or dream of.

In my case, I loaded it up with all my favorite regional delicacies from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Here are some of the highlights.

  1. Braunschweiger. (It’s a lot like pate: whipped smoked liver which sounds DISGUSTING but is actually SO GOOD, I’m obsessed.)
  2. Venison sausage. Because anyone with a hunter in the family knows you run the risk of being saddled with venison sausage in all forms, forever.
  3. Ham and pickle roll ups. These little gems are cream-cheese-slathered ham slices (should be Badger Baked Ham, BTW) wrapped around pickle spears and cut into pieces. Or, if you’re SUPER AWESOME, just leave them whole.
  4. Mozzarella pretzel sticks. This is just the best idea ever, right? Cut up string cheese (preferably Baker smoked string cheese, if a genie is granting wishes), and stab it with a pretzel stick. So stinkin’ tasty.
A Midwest Charcuterie Platter ripe with regional offerings including braunschweiger, venison sausage, mozzarella pretzel sticks, and ham and pickle roll ups. All the best Midwestern snacks on one delicious cheeseboard!

Other Charcuterie fill-ins.

  1. Peanuts. Salted and still in the shell, obviously.
  2. Cheese. Colby-Jack is pictured, but basically all the cheese, ever. Preferably from Wisconsin. Bonus if you buy it in a five-pound block. My brother recently told me about Apple Jack cheese… can’t wait to try that one!
  3. Green olives. Also black olives and midget gherkins.
  4. Grapes or cherries from Door County. In the fall, apples from The Elegant Farmer.
  5. Mustard(s). Spicy brown or whole grain, not yellow.
  6. Crackers. Sociables, Club, Townhouse, Chicken in a Biskit. All good.
  7. Plants for garnishing. What’s growing in your yard? Chives are native, thyme is a perennial. Whatever you can find. Wood violets, anyone?
A Midwest Charcuterie Platter ripe with regional offerings including braunschweiger, venison sausage, mozzarella pretzel sticks, and ham and pickle roll ups. All the best Midwestern snacks on one delicious cheeseboard!

As they saying goes: It doesn’t get any better than this!

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5 from 2 votes

Midwest Charcuterie Platter

A Midwest Charcuterie Platter ripe with regional offerings including braunschweiger, venison sausage, mozzarella pretzel sticks, and ham and pickle roll ups. All the best Midwestern snacks on one delicious cheeseboard!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 452kcal
  • Braunschweiger, sliced
  • Venison sausage, quartered and sliced
  • Ham and pickle roll ups
  • Mozzarella pretzel sticks
  • Peanuts in the shell
  • Cheese, sliced (Colby-Jack, Pepper Jack)
  • Olives and pickles
  • Grapes or cherries
  • Whole-grain mustard
  • Crackers or rolls
  • Fresh herbs, for garnish
  • Arrange all the ingredients on a platter. Refill as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 452kcal

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  1. Lovely idea for a post, Meggan… my husband loves things like this! We often have something similar, but Mediterranean style. I think I should branch out next time and try Wisconsin-style!

    Love the pretzels in mozzarella!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thanks, Helen! You should do a Med-style one for your blog, you’re totally the expert there. :) But yes pretzels in mozzarella are silly and FAB! :)

  2. Dave

    Beautiful!!!  That wouldn’t last five minutes. Now put that between two trays of your deviled eggs. Now I’m hungry again. :-))5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hey Dave!!! Thanks. Yes, I was thinking about deviled eggs when I was constructing this. :) But they really just deserve a platter of their own because I eat at least 6 at a time. So great to hear from you. Stay cool!

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