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Best Charcuterie Board Ideas

From savory to sweet, these effortlessly impressive and delicious charcuterie board ideas will help you celebrate any event in style!

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Time to Get on “Board”

Excuse the pun, but charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-kyu-tuh-ree”) boards have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and for good reason. They make it so easy to serve an array of items to a lot of people without a lot of work.

Plus, you can design your charcuterie platter around a theme of colors, seasonal fruits and veggies, or decorative items to celebrate any holiday or event.

They really are the perfect dish for any party and with the charcuterie board ideas below you can create your own festive and unique tray!

What is a Charcuterie Board?

Most people think of charcuterie boards as a platter of meat and cheese (and many are just that), but there are so many other ways to make a board these days. You can make it sweet, savory, spicy, or simple.

There are some things I like to consider when planning a charcuterie board for a party.

  • Type of board. Will I use round, rectangular, square, or a fun shape? I typically like a wooden board, but marble or ceramic work well, too, for any charcuterie board ideas.
  • Small bowls. It is nice to have small bowls to offer separation, even when you are not serving a dip. I like to keep the focus on the food so I choose white bowls, but use whatever looks good to you and fits on the board.
  • Serving utensils. Small spoons and cheese knives can range from decorative to simple.
  • Color. I like to consider what colors are the foods I am using and if I need to add anything to break up monotone items.
  • Variety. How can I vary the ingredients so anyone can find something to enjoy? I also want to be sure that everything goes well together and nothing feels too out of place. See my categories below when trying to choose things.
  • Textures. This is often overlooked but really important to a well-made charcuterie board. Is there enough crunch against the soft cheeses and meats?

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie board on the counter.

Now that you know what you need for a charcuterie board, it is time to pull one together. I have gathered my best tips and tricks on how to make a charcuterie board and
how to make a fruit platter to help you get started.

When making one of these simple charcuterie board ideas, I like to choose a variety of items that will work well together. I usually pick a few from these categories and I always start in the pantry before I buy extra items. You can create an entire platter from items you have at home.

  • Cured meats
  • Various cheeses (including my favorite cheese ball)
  • Olives and/or other pickled veggies
  • Roasted or candied nuts
  • Fruit (grapes, figs, strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries, or anything else that goes well with cheese)
  • Veggies (cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, celery, snap peas, cucumbers, etc.)
  • Dried fruits
  • Crackers, bread, or chips
  • Jelly or jam
  • Dips (hummus, olive tapenade, guacamole, spinach dip, etc.)
  • Dark chocolate
  • Fresh herbs for decoration

Savory Charcuterie Board Ideas

Meat. Cheese. Pickled. Crunchy. Fresh. Here are a few of my favorite ways to make savory boards for any get together.

Antipasto platter on a wooden board.

Charcuterie Cheese Board Ideas

Who doesn’t love a board featuring cheese? Get creative with adding all your favorite soft and hard cheeses. Here are a few charcuterie board recipe to get you started!

fruit and cheese tray on counter

Sweet Charcuterie Ideas

Who doesn’t love choices when it comes to dessert or breakfast? These boards are such a fun way to display a variety of treats or create a fun activity for the entire family.

Hot chocolate charcuterie board on marble counter.

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Charcuterie board on a marble counter.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
From savory to sweet, these effortlessly impressive and delicious charcuterie board ideas will help you celebrate any event in style!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 20

Equipment

  • Large wooden board or platter

Ingredients 

Meats (choose 3-5)

  • 4-6 ounces salami variety
  • 4-6 ounces prosciutto
  • soppressata

Cheeses (choose 3-5)

  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces gouda cheese
  • brie cheese rind
  • goat cheese
  • mozzarella balls

Crackers

Fruit and Veggies

  • mini bell peppers
  • sliced cucumber
  • fried fruit
  • pears

Extras

  • jam
  • honey
  • vegetable dip
  • nuts
  • rosemary sprigs

Instructions

  • Decide which charcuterie board idea you'd like to try. Then find a large board or platter you'd like to use.
  • Place the largest cheese and mini bowls onto a large board or platter. In individual small serving bowls, add anything that has juices.
  • To make the board, start by thinking how you want it to look before placing anything. Then arrange each bowl.
  • Place the meat on opposite ends of the platter. Add remaining meat, either folded or in piles, away from the other meat. Position the cheese around the meat.
  • Arrange the fruits and veggies in individual piles between the meat and cheese. Finally, add the crackers and bread (or on another serving board if there isn't enough room).
  • Add the smaller ingredients last to fill in any empty spaces. For some color and texture add some fresh sprigs of rosemary.

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Notes

Where to shop: I love to find my ingredients at specialty shops such as Trader Joes, Whole foods and Costco.
Make it yours: This recipe card is simply a guide to start. Make it yours by using your favorite snack foods. Try to get a variety of sizes, color, texture and flavors.
Make-ahead: You can assemble the board and cover in plastic wrap. I like to add crackers and bread just before serving. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Remove 20 minutes before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

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