What to Do With Ventrèche

What is ventrèche? Very simply, it is an unsmoked, salt-cured bacon from Southwest France, where it is a staple. Pronounced vohn-tresh, it is often referred to as “French pancetta.” Ventrèche is made from pork belly (ventre means belly in French) that has been rubbed with salt, spices and garlic before hanging to dry. It can be kept in…

6 Ways to Serve Sausage

At D’Artagnan we love all things sausage. This humble food, often made from trimmings and offal, is one of the most beloved bits of charcuterie, and perhaps the oldest. The first sausage recipes date to before the golden age of ancient Greece, and traditional sausages have been made for over 2000 years in both Rome…

You’ll Never Believe What’s in These Vending Machines

Now trending: meat at your fingertips. Simply insert your credit card into one of these vending machines and receive the butcher’s bounty. Vending machines are associated with junk foods and a hint of desperation, but all that could change with this idea. In Paris, just outside of a Basque butcher shop, you can buy their…

Stop the World & Melt Some Cheese

It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day today! And we love cheese, don’t you? We love cheese with charcuterie. See our pairings below in this blog post.   We love it creamy and blue on a steak. Click for the recipe.   We love cheddar cheese baked in bread. If you do, too … here’s the recipe. Bacon…

The Charcuterie Board: An Instant Party

Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French word for any smoked, dry-cured or cooked meat. This category includes favorites like bacon, ham, pâté and sausages. More esoteric items like terrines, rillettes, galantines and duck confit are also considered charcuterie. Although this is not a uniquely French culinary tradition – every culture has methods for preserving meat –…

Top 10 Tasty Gifts for Last Minute Shoppers

It’s the final days to shop before Christmas … but your gift doesn’t have to look like a last minute choice. Each of our collections offer quality and flavor, and are packed in a cheerful red D’Artagnan box with a handy guide to preparation and serving. You won’t need to wrap a thing! Order today…

Favorite Charcuterie? The Winner Is …

Our staff was recently polled about their favorite charcuterie … and the overwhelming majority voted for duck rillettes (pronounced ree-yet). What it is about duck rillettes that has everyone craving them? We will let staffer Adeline answer that: They’re meaty and satisfying, but not too heavy. They’re a crowd-pleaser and a unique addition to a platter,…

Give the Gift of Duck

Looking for the perfect gift for the discerning foodie on your list?  Try one of our gift boxes, and share your love of duck with them. When it comes to duck, we have long lived by the adage: “Use everything but the quack.” Our new Deluxe Duck Gift Box demonstrates 6 unique preparations that celebrate the…

Tasty New Gift Boxes for the Holidays

Brand new for the holiday season: Charcuterie Gift Boxes at dartagnan.com. The perfect gift for a food lover, each of our three gift boxes holds a world of savory delights. Generously packed with something for every palate, from the timid to the most adventurous eater, our gift boxes are a great way to share your…

Pâté-Croûte American Finale Winners!

Earlier this week the American Finale for the World Championship of Pâté-Croûte was held at the Consulate General of France in New York City. Needless to say, if there is pâté, D’Artagnan will be there. This is the eighth year of the competition, but the first time that the Confrérie du Pâté Croûte has held a finale in…

Hello, Hard-to-Find Ham …

Here’s a spicy kick in the taste buds! Our Cajun-inspired Tasso Ham brings the heat and the smoke to gumbos, jambalaya, soups, grits, beans, pasta and stews. Some of our happy customers shared their thoughts about this ham on our website. Read on to see how folks are enjoying it, then get yourself a Tasso…

New Arrival! Saucisson Sec: Wild Boar, Duck & Pork

When it comes to charcuterie, secs sells. That’s why we’re expanding our line of air-cured saucisson sec. This popular sausage can best be described as the French version of salami. With its meaty texture and delightful flavor, it’s a must for any charcuterie board. Saucisson sec is also an excellent accompaniment to a cheese plate, and can…