What is charcuterie? Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French word for any prepared meats that are smoked or dry-cured. Items like salami, prosciutto, sausages, ham, pate or terrine (which is a spreadable meat) make up a charcuterie platter.
You might be able to find some of these items at a deli, but to get high quality gourmet charcuterie, Les Trois Petits Cochons is your one-stop shop!
Les Trois Petits Cochons began in 1975 as a small charcuterie in New York City. As a leader in charcuteries for over 40 years, you can purchase their handcrafted pates, mousses, terrines, sausage & smoked meats online or in specialty shops across the country.
I was recently sent some samples to try out. Les Trois Petits Cochons ships their products vacuum-sealed, in a box with dry ice. I received five different items to taste: Duck Leg Confit, two different pates, sausage & a mousse.
At first glance, you might think the pate & mousse are the same type of thing; however, pate has a a coarse texture & is sliceable, whereas mousse is smooth, creamy & spreadable.
Duck Leg Confit
You can shred the meat & eat it over toast, layered in a sandwich or simply slice it & serve on a charcuterie board. Pair with a full-bodied red wine & you’re good to go!
Pate de Campagne
A pate made with ground pork, onions, garlic & spices. Slice & serve over toast or crackers.
Wild Boar Pate
Contains wild boar, pork & chicken liver pate with chestnuts & raisins. Serve with crackers or toast & pair with a light to medium-bodied red wine.
This is a dried French-style sausage. Great sliced up & served on crackers, along with cheese!
Mousse Truffee is a pork & chicken liver mousse with truffles. It’s best spread over crackers & paired with a white wine!
You can purchase Les Trois Petits Cochons directly from their website; however, their products are also found in some grocery stores & specialty shops like Bristol Farms, Gelson’s & Whole Foods.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received complimentary samples which helped facilitate this review. All images are my own unless otherwise noted. As always, my opinions are 100% my own.