Edit ModuleShow Tags

DeRusha Eats: The Charcuterie Renaissance


Published:

There is something just glorious about a plate of meat. Seriously. It's the best. And if you aren't ordering the charcuterie plate at your favorite Twin Cities restaurant, you're missing out.

This week it was Haute Dish (below), where they call their platter the Char-Cuts (Yar!). For $13 you get one of the most creative, magnificant platters of meat I've ever enjoyed. The white jar is rabbit rillette, juicy and delicious, and the white-colored stuff on top is a mustard. Amazing. There's a really flavorful mortadella with pistachios and dehydrated red onions, a lamb terrine with eggplant, a chicken liver pate with brandied cherries, and a country pork pate had really spicy mustard. It was spectacular.
 


 

Before that I was at Heartland in St. Paul, just a wonderful place to sit down at the bar, have a small plate and a cocktail, and think big thoughts. We had pork head cheese (they call it fromage de tete) with pickled red onions. It was not gelatainous like some of the head cheese you might remember from your childhood; it was so flavorful and porky, and $12. (Right now they're doing a wild boar head cheese).

And I also am showing you a more traditional, but truly lovely charcuterie from Mike Phillips at Craftsman. I have no idea what the charcuterie will be like under new Chef Ben Jacoby (who told City Pages that Mike took all the knowledge and the salami-making equipment with him), but I'm glad I got to enjoy these salamis and coppas and everything ($15) before he went.

Dara's written about Mike's plans for Green Ox, where he'll be working with Kieran Follierd's Irish pubs to create meats and sausages. It's going to be amazing.

As a salami-lover, I can't believe I've been missing out on ordering some of these incredible plates o'meat until about a year ago. Now if I see one on a menu, I almost never skip it. Where are some of your favorite places for charcuterie?

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rfischer@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Blueberry-Walnut Squares Recipe

Enjoy a double-dose of antioxidants with walnuts and blueberries in this treat
March 2018

Oscar Party Appetizers

Elevate your table with a trio of jazzed up party bites for a win in the best supporting snacks category
March 2018

Exploring Washington Wines

Sample and discover delicious wines from our country’s second-largest wine-producing area at the Food & Wine Experience March 3 and 4
March 2018

27 Best Twin Cities Restaurants For Wine

From big-name wine experts to surprising hidden gems, here's where you can always get a glass of great wine
March 2018

8 Fail-Safe Restaurants: The Ones That Never Disappoint

These "ol' reliable" Twin Cities eateries will always provide the service and food to fix your misfired day
February 2018

Quick Tostadas Recipe

Easy and adaptable to different tastes, tostadas make a warming meal—not to mention a great pairing for Margaritas
February 2018

VOTE: Girl Scouts Team Up with Hi-Lo Diner

Girl Scout cookie pies, donuts, and shakes—and you choose the local troop to get the sale
February 2018

Pepito’s to Become El Burrito Minneapolis

The Pepito’s/Parkway Theater combo is sold to local entrepreneurs who have a restaurant tenant and theater remodeling plans.
February 2018

James Beard Semifinalists Are Cheaper by the Dozen

Ten chefs and two restaurants were named to the 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist list
February 2018
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags