Most Bachelor fans know half the fun of the show is having an excuse to pull out a corkscrew and an array of meats and cheeses on a weekly basis. But apparently, not everyone in Bachelor Nation is well versed in the ways of this Monday night ritual. As fans learned during Season 25, Bachelor Nation's Matt James had never even *had* a charcuterie board until going on the show. So, as he watched his season unfold onscreen, he decided to make a Bachelor-watching snack board of his own — except with some unconventional ingredients. Half-disgusted, half-intrigued by his antics, I tried Matt James' Bachelor charcuterie board to see if he was onto something.
The whole "Matt James' charcuterie board" phenomenon started with the Jan. 18 Bachelor episode when he went on a date with contestant Serena Pitt. The couple rode horses in the woods of the Nemacolin Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania, before picnicking in the grass. After Matt explained he was a charcuterie newbie, Serena broke down the basics of making a bomb snack board: "We have our meats and cheese selections. We have some fruit. Usually I'll throw some dark chocolate on here. I like a good brie cheese with some jam," she explained. As they built the board, Serena teased Matt, telling him he needed to write all of the information down for future reference.
I didn't see him taking notes during the episode, but it's clear Matt learned something from this date. As the episode aired, Matt took to social media to share that he tried his hand at making his own version of a charcuterie board.
While some fans were feeling Matt's, um, unique board, as a lover of all things charcuterie, it felt like a personal offense to me. Lunchables? Teddy Grahams? Hummus? By definition, "charcuterie" is the French art of preparing smoked or cured meats. (Usually, boards also include an array of nice cheeses, crackers, and fruits to pair with the salty meats.) This looked nothing like the elegant, splurge-worthy delicacies I'm used to working with for my boards.
However, after calculating the price of all Matt's ingredients (about $15 total) and comparing it to the cost of my usual board (about $35 to $40), I decided to give his take a try to see if I could save some cash while still scratching that charcuterie itch.