Charcuterie

#1
When it becomes warm, I no longer want to stand over a hot grill or oven. The cottage pies and sausages of winter are banished, unless someone is cheap enough to serve sausages on a BBQ.

What's your favourite Charcuterie? I usually go for the Parma, San Daniele and Speck Prosciuttos. Black Forest is too strong. Serrano is okay. I enjoy Saucisson, Salami, and Mortadella. I am undecided on Bresaola, I only have it in the antipasto packs.

What am I missing out on? What cheeses compliment these?

I have yet to try Tuscan Prosciutto Crudo, my memories of Bayonne Ham and Jamón Ibérico are vague.
 
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#3
Quality varies so so much...I'm a mortadella nut but anything sold pre-sliced is never ever sliced thin enough so stick to deli morta. I'm with you on bresaola, just too dry imo without any fat. Try the tapaslunchcompany for iberico, worth retrying imo, supermarket stuff is usually too young and therefore fairly tasteless. Good capo is hard to find.

https://www.thetapaslunchcompany.co.uk/fresh-spanish-food/buy-jamon-spanish-ham
 
#5
Cheese is so subjective.
I’d want a mix of blue and hard cheese. Bleu d’Auvergne is a great French blue. Enough flavour and depth, without completely over powering everything else you’ll eat after it, like most blue would. Tomme de Savoir is a great hard cheese, but would be easier to get something like Manchego, but not in the same league. Maybe something basic like Brie, but aged a little at home so it’s goey in the centre.




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#6
Unfortunately, as good cheese, charcuterie (pâté, terrines, saucisses, saucissons, andouille, andouillettes, etc) is very hard to come by in the UK and even so you might need to sell a kidney to get some...The good products (artisan/little business made) can be found at Borough market in London Bridge; I would like to find some semi-industrial alternative (cheaper), but they are rarely imported in the UK.

The truth is that British supermarkets carry at best a third of the food available in continental European (French) supermarkets; I noticed that the other day when shopping in the chocolate aisle of a Leclerc supermarket (8-10 metres long full of chocolate bars... I even took a photo).

As for charcuterie, I would go for:

Andouillette (the most famous is the one made in Troyes). It is usually eaten with chips and a mustard sauce.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andouillette



Cervelat, in a salad (salade alsacienne for instance:hard cheese like Emmenthal, cervelat, vinaigrette with onions or shallots and parsley)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervelat



Saucisse de Montbéliard/Morteau



any saucisson sec (dry sausage)



and salade de museau

 
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#7
Unfortunately, as good cheese, charcuterie (pâté, terrines, saucisses, saucissons, andouille, andouillettes, etc) is very hard to come by in the UK and even so you might need to sell a kidney to get some...The good products (artisan/little business made) can be found at Borough market in London Bridge; I would like to find some semi-industrial alternative (cheaper), but they are rarely imported in the UK.

The truth is that British supermarkets carry at best a third of the food available in continental European (French) supermarkets; I noticed that the other day when shopping in the chocolate aisle of a Leclerc supermarket (8-10 metres long full of chocolate bars... I even took a photo).

As for charcuterie, I would go for:

Andouillette (the most famous is the one made in Troyes). It is usually eaten with chips and a mustard sauce.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andouillette



Cervelat, in a salad (salade alsacienne for instance:hard cheese like Emmenthal, cervelat, vinaigrette with onions or shallots and parsley)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervelat



Saucisse de Montbéliard/Morteau



any saucisson sec (dry sausage)



and salade de museau

Frenchclick.co.uk your French supermarket online.
 
#8
Unfortunately, as good cheese, charcuterie (pâté, terrines, saucisses, saucissons, andouille, andouillettes, etc) is very hard to come by in the UK and even so you might need to sell a kidney to get some...The good products (artisan/little business made) can be found at Borough market in London Bridge; I would like to find some semi-industrial alternative (cheaper), but they are rarely imported in the UK.

The truth is that British supermarkets carry at best a third of the food available in continental European (French) supermarkets; I noticed that the other day when shopping in the chocolate aisle of a Leclerc supermarket (8-10 metres long full of chocolate bars... I even took a photo).

As for charcuterie, I would go for:

Andouillette (the most famous is the one made in Troyes). It is usually eaten with chips and a mustard sauce.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andouillette



Cervelat, in a salad (salade alsacienne for instance:hard cheese like Emmenthal, cervelat, vinaigrette with onions or shallots and parsley)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervelat



Saucisse de Montbéliard/Morteau



any saucisson sec (dry sausage)



and salade de museau

Andouillette is a brave choice. I used to own a French wholesale business, and later a deli. It’s one of the few products I didn’t do. I tried it, and hated it. It was the smell over the taste, but it was hideous. And tried and ate some odd things!


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#11
Frenchclick.co.uk your French supermarket online.
I am a regular customer of Frenchclick. Beside the fact that their prices are a wee bit expensive (20-30% higher than in France, depending of the product; but they have to make a living and Great Britain is an island, so...), they only carry a very short range of what you could find in an average French supermarket.

Here's another one: http://www.chanteroy-online.co.uk/
I did not test it yet. However, these online shops are really interesting if you are based in London/Greater London in my opinion (product freshness vs transportation/delivery time).
 
#12
Andouillette is a brave choice. I used to own a French wholesale business, and later a deli. It’s one of the few products I didn’t do. I tried it, and hated it. It was the smell over the taste, but it was hideous. And tried and ate some odd things!


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Hahaha, you probably should not know of what it is made then...

EDIT: usually the Brits are shocked by the fact we eat horse (very rare nowadays) and frog legs. I tried both: horse has a very potent taste, but it is OK, nothing special, and frog legs taste more or less like chicken. Snails taste like squids.
 
#13
I am a regular customer of Frenchclick. Beside the fact that their prices are a wee bit expensive (20-30% higher than in France, depending of the product; but they have to make a living and Great Britain is an island, so...), they only carry a very short range of what you could find in an average French supermarket.

Here's another one: http://www.chanteroy-online.co.uk/
I did not test it yet. However, these online shops are really interesting if you are based in London/Greater London in my opinion (product freshness vs transportation/delivery time).
If you require something that is not on their website they will do their best to get what you want so as long as you know what you want and you are prepared to pay that little extra it's no problem, cheaper than going to France and far more convenient.
I shall check out the other website, thanks for the link. :) P.
 
#14
If you require something that is not on their website they will do their best to get what you want so as long as you know what you want and you are prepared to pay that little extra it's no problem, cheaper than going to France and far more convenient.
I shall check out the other website, thanks for the link. :) P.
What kind of stuff do you usually look for? (if not indiscreet)
 
#15
Unfortunately, as good cheese, charcuterie (pâté, terrines, saucisses, saucissons, andouille, andouillettes, etc) is very hard to come by in the UK and even so you might need to sell a kidney to get some...The good products (artisan/little business made) can be found at Borough market in London Bridge; I would like to find some semi-industrial alternative (cheaper), but they are rarely imported in the UK.

The truth is that British supermarkets carry at best a third of the food available in continental European (French) supermarkets; I noticed that the other day when shopping in the chocolate aisle of a Leclerc supermarket (8-10 metres long full of chocolate bars... I even took a photo).

As for charcuterie, I would go for:

Andouillette (the most famous is the one made in Troyes). It is usually eaten with chips and a mustard sauce.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andouillette



Cervelat, in a salad (salade alsacienne for instance:hard cheese like Emmenthal, cervelat, vinaigrette with onions or shallots and parsley)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervelat



Saucisse de Montbéliard/Morteau



any saucisson sec (dry sausage)



and salade de museau

Please stop posting pictures of delicious food. Just had my tea/dinner and i want everything on every picture :D:D
It all looks fab
 
#17
Hahaha, you probably should not know of what it is made then...

EDIT: usually the Brits are shocked by the fact we eat horse (very rare nowadays) and frog legs. I tried both: horse has a very potent taste, but it is OK, nothing special, and frog legs taste more or less like chicken. Snails taste like squids.
I know what it’s made of. You can tell by looking at it never mind the smell.

Happy to eat horse. Snails are not my thing, but it’s only because the flavour beneath the sauce isn’t to my liking. Frogs legs are great.

The French really love their seafood, way more than the British. It always surprised me to see so much Scottish seafood in the French Markets, and particularly Rungis. French people are certainly more adventurous than British people on the whole.


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