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Welcome to the ultimate guide for making beautiful, entertaining-friendly charcuterie boards. Discover creative and easy charcuterie board ideas for putting together meats, cheeses, and all the touches to make it perfect!
Charcuterie Board Ideas
Looking for ideas of what to put on a Charcuterie Board? Make the ultimate charcuterie board using some of these crowd-pleasing favorites!
- Meats – hard salami, prosciutto, smoked ham, dry-cured chorizo, Genoa salami, capicola, mortadella, summer sausage
- Cheeses – Choose at least three flavors and textures. Creamy (brie, goat cheese, camembert, burrata, Delice de Bourgogne); Hard (Pecorino Romano, Grana Padano, Manchego); Semi-Soft (Butterkase, cheddar, gouda, Emmental, Edam)
- Crackers – I love the Blue Diamond® Almond Nut-Thins® because their artisanal flavor goes perfect with a charcuterie board. Plus they are deceptively gluten free! They can be found in the cracker aisle at Walmart.
- Gherkin pickles
- Sweet red cherry peppers
- Jams / Spreads – Fruity, bright jams go perfectly with the cheeses and are the perfect spread for crackers.
- Nuts – Almonds, such as Blue Diamond® Gourmet Pink Himalayan Salt Almonds, are always a hit. The gourmet label on these things is a huge understatement. They are more like amuse–bouche in a bag (another fancy word to impress people with). These almonds are the perfect bite to nosh on and keep on mingling. Blue Diamond Gourmet Almonds can also be found by the salty snacks at Walmart.
- Mustards – Stone ground mustard or something spicy like this killer Hot Sweet Mustard recipe goes perfectly with the meats.
- Dried Fruits
- Candied Pecans
- Fresh fruits – sliced apples, pears, grapes, berries, grapes or sundried tomatoes
- Honey or fresh honeycomb
How to Say Charcuterie
We’ve all seen this word, but can we all say it? Say it with me…[shahr-koo-tuh–ree]
See, it’s kind of fun to roll off the tongue. Now you sound like a total baller.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
Perhaps you’re less concerned with how to say it, and more interested in what the heck you’re saying.
Charcuterie is the craft of preparing smoked and cured meats for preservation and flavor. Typical charcuterie meats are salami, ham, bacon, sausages, and pates.
The learned method of preparing charcuterie has turned into a modern day entertainer’s dream. They are popular for parties and trendy restaurants commonly feature chef’s choice meat and cheese boards.
A selection of meats and cheeses are often accompanied by other yummy bites such as almonds, olives, gherkin pickles, jams, and spreads.
Where to Get the Ingredients for a Meat and Cheese Board
I’m always a fan of a one-stop shop so all of my ingredients came from Walmart. They carry everything for a gourmet charcuterie board – cured meats, gourmet cheeses, and other charcuterie bites such as Blue Diamond Gourmet Pink Himalayan Salt Almonds and Almond Nut-Thins.
Walmart is also the perfect place to grab any other party necessities, such as platters, dishes, glasses, cheese knives, and table decor.
Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins are my go-to cracker because they were the first gluten free product I loved that didn’t taste gluten free. Everyone gobbles them up feeling guilt-free, and they can be used for holiday parties, game watching, dips, small bites, and snack bowls.
How to Make A Charcuterie Board
1. Start with some height to make it more visually appealing – a center piece of sorts to create around. Pile up a mound of grapes or fill a glass with crackers.
2. Add the cheeses and small dishes of spreads to the tray. Disperse the spreads or place them next to a cheese to accompany it. Setting the cheeses out first also helps serve the cheese optimally, with the chill taken off.
3. Add the meats to the tray. Play with the shapes of the meats – slices, rolls, triangles, or loose bunches.
4. Fill in all the nooks and crannies with small snacks, like Blue Diamond Almonds, sliced fruit, Blue Diamond Nut-Thins, olives, gherkin pickles, or dried fruit.
5. Finish off by placing serving utensils in the cheeses and garnish with greenery.
Charcuteries don’t have to be just a meat and cheese board! Dessert boards make fun additions for entertaining, holiday parties, or celebrations. Check out HOW TO MAKE A DESSERT BOARD for ideas, themes, and styling tips. ⬇️
SAVE HOW TO MAKE A CHARCUTERIE BOARD TO YOUR PINTEREST BOARD!
- 3-4 cured meats, see notes
- 3-4 gourmet cheeses, see notes
- 3-4 small bites, see notes
- 2-3 small bowls of jams or spreads
- Start with a large platter. Pile up a mound of grapes or fill a glass with crackers to add height to make it more visually appealing - a center piece of sorts to create around.
- Add the cheeses and small dishes of spreads to the tray. Disperse the spreads or place them next to a cheese to accompany it. Setting the cheeses out first also helps serve the cheese optimally, with the chill taken off.
- Add the meats to the tray. Play with the shapes of the meats - slices, rolls, triangles, or loose bunches.
- Fill in all the nooks and crannies with small snacks, like almonds, sliced fruit, crackers, olives, gherkin pickles, or dried fruit.
- Finish off by placing serving utensils in the cheeses and garnish with greenery.
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