A charcuterie board is a fun way to gather your family and friends together to enjoy some good food and togetherness. Perfect for holidays!
Charcuterie Board – Great for Holidays!
A charcuterie board is a perfect appetizer or even full meal for get togethers. In fact, our whole team was recently together and my friend Kristin put together this beautiful snack tray. I'm obsessed!!
Plus, our rental had the most beautiful, ginormous wooden lazy Susan that was just perfect to make this snack board feel extra special and fancy!
You don't need anything this fancy so get creative and see what you have around the house you can use as a board. Trays work great too. 🙂
What is a charcuterie board?
Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is really an art of preparing and arranging cured meats, cheeses, olives and fruit on a wooden board.
I like to think of a charcuterie board as an adult meat and cheese tray, but think “fancy” meats and cheese.
Ingredients for a charcuterie snack board:
- cured meats such as pepperoni, salami, sausages and prosciutto
- various cheeses like brie, smoked gouda, goat, cheddar or Swiss cheese
- dried fruit
- olives and nuts
- jelly, jams, mustards and honey
- crackers or small bread pieces
How to make a charcuterie board:
I like to start by placing 3 cheeses on the board. A brie, smoked gouda and cheddar slices are a few good choices. A block of cream cheese covered with peppered jelly is also a great budget friendly option!
Next, spread crackers (or bread) in a fan-like fashion around the cheeses. I like to choose a few different cracker types for different shapes, colors and texture. The “fancy” crackers can be found in the deli section of your grocery store.
Add the meats, but keep them in groups. You can even make pretty flowers out of pepperoni and salami (they are so stinkin' cute!).
Using small bowls, add a few different mustards or dipping sauces for the meats. Honey mustard and a spicy whole grain mustard are great for this.
Fill in spaces with dried fruit, nuts, olives, jams and jellies, baby pickles or even chocolates!
Making a charcuterie board can get a bit pricey so this isn't something I do on a regular basis. But, for holidays or special occasions you bet I will be making these!
- Wooden Board
- apple slices
- seedless red and green grapes
- dried apricots
- slices of pepperoni
- slices of salami
- slices of summer sausage
- brie cheese round
- kalamata and Spanish olives
- mini dill pickles
- honey and whole grain mustard
- smoked Gouda cheese slices
- cheddar cheese slices
- almonds or mixed nuts
- variety of crackers different shapes, sizes and flavors
- Design the charcuterie board on a large wooden board or craft paper on the countertop.
- Places cheeses on board.
- Place crackers around the cheeses in a fan-like fashion.
- Add meats in groups around the board.
- Using small bowls, add a few different mustards or dipping sauces for the meats.
- Fill in spaces with dried fruit, nuts, olives, jams, jellies and baby pickles.
Here are a few more recipes perfect for gatherings!
- Snack Board (perfect for kids!)
- Waffle Bar Ideas
- White Chocolate Snack Mix
- Homemade Chex Mix Recipe
- Hot Chocolate Bombs
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