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Fall Charcuterie Board

This fall charcuterie board makes entertaining as easy and as budget-friendly as you make it! Wow your guests throughout the holidays with an appetizer spread that will make deciding on what to pick first almost as fun as eating it!

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Easy Fall Appetizer

As fancy as a fall charcuterie board sounds and as beautiful as it looks, it’s one of the easiest ways to impress a crowd! Whether I’m hosting a gathering or bringing something to the party, a platter of different options for everyone to choose from is what I call easy entertaining.

I love that I can make it as casual or as upscale as I want. Sometimes I’ll have a simple fruit and cheese platter and sometimes I’ll jazz it up with nuts, dips and gourmet cheese and deli meats. No matter which one of my platters I’m presenting, it’s always met with “oohs and ahhs” right before people start to dig in!

I’m sharing my top tips for creating the best charcuterie board while adding a fall flare and it’s something even the kids can help put together!

What is a Charcuterie Board?

Charcuterie is a French term that was coined back in the day before people had fridges and needed a way to preserve their meat. A charcuterie board is a way to present these meats in an arranged, and eye-catching way. As they become more and more popular, people are getting creative with them and adding cheeses, nuts, dips, chocolate, fruit, vegetables, crackers, the list is endless!

Why We Love This Fall Snack Board

  • An experience. A charcuterie board is a colorful showstopper at first glance but beyond that, it’s a whole experience! From being able to pick up finger foods with toothpicks or cocktail forks, cutting cheese wedges, dipping bread and crackers, and deciding which to do first. The best part of it all is being able to have a bit of everything!
  • Something for everyone. With a wide range of goodies to choose from, this easy fall appetizer is sure to include a little something for everyone. It’s a great option for picky eaters, too!
  • Showcase seasonality. This easy snack platter is the perfect way to show off those fresh fall fruits and veggies, as well as your favorite fall dips and treats. Fresh apple slices, roasted pumpkin seeds and any fun Halloween or Thanksgiving treats are always a great idea.
fall charcuterie board on marble counter

What You Need To Get Started

  1. A board – My recommendation would be to find a beautiful wood board that you can invest in. However, you could use any type of tray or baking sheet. My two favorites are this round reclaimed wood board and this regular wood serving tray.
  2. Utensils/toothpicks – Think about what you’re serving and how you’d like people to take it off the platter. Cocktail forks and spoons, a pair of tongs, a cheese knife, or a bunch of toothpicks may be in order.
  3. Ramekins/small bowls – Great for dips, or to separate oily olives, jelly, salty nuts, pickles, etc. They’re a great way to keep them from running onto everything else.

The Basics of a Fall Charcuterie

To put together a fantastic fall charcuterie board, you need the 5 following things:

  • A board with small bowls to place the food on.
  • A variety of foods that are popular during the fall season.
  • The taste of what’s on your board has familiar fall flavors.
  • There are variety of textures and autumn colors like red, orange, and brown.
  • It looks nice! It’s presented beautifully and you may even have placed some cute decorative items on there.
board with white bowls on top

Fall Charcuterie Board Ideas

If you’re wondering what is normally on a charcuterie board, you’ll typically find a selection of different cheeses, meats, fruit, veggies, crackers, dips, nuts and more. Below are some ideas to get you started.

  • Fruit – Fresh apple slices, or dried apple chips, orange slices, dried apricots, grapes, cranberries, pears or figs.
  • Delicious dips like these sweet pumpkin cheesecake dip and toffee caramel dip. Or savory homemade hummus and skinny dill dip.
  • Cheeses – Slices of cheddar, blue cheese, swiss, Havarti, manchego, goat cheese or gouda can be used. You could also make the centerpiece a cheese ball or a baked brie with spicy jelly.
  • Bread and crackersNaan bread, pita bread, Ritz, pretzels, tortilla chips, multi-grain crackers, or sliced French baguette.
  • Veggies such as baby carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, sliced bell peppers, etc.
  • Treats like popcorn, caramel corn, candy corn, chocolate covered pretzels, red or black Twizzlers, chocolates, maple cookies, and caramel candies.
  • Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pistachios etc. Mixed candied nuts are always a great idea.
  • Meats – Your favorite cured meats like salami, prosciutto, ham, pepperoni, etc.
  • Decorative items – Check out your local dollar store for things like mini pumpkins or faux fall colored leaves.

Building Your Board

  1. Pick up to 10 items per board. Different colors, sizes, textures, and types of food. Mix sweet, spicy, savory, and salty. Crunchy, smooth, and crispy. Alternatively, you can separate your boards into separate “sweet” or “savory” boards rather than mix and mingle.
  2. Use bigger items as your focal point. This could be a decorative item such as a pumpkin, a larger food item such as a group of apples, a bowl of popcorn, or a big wedge of cheese or a loaf of bread.
  3. Start placing larger items on first. This could be larger centerpieces, cheese, crackers, fruit, meat, etc. Try not to clump all one item together, but spread them out, perhaps some on one end, and the rest on the other. Separate by color and texture to create variety.
  4. Fill in the gaps with the smaller items, whether it be small bowls of dip, honey, nuts, seeds, candies, etc. You don’t want spaces. Fill in any gaps with any extra colorful items or decoration (edible or not!).
fall charcuterie board with pumpkins

Expert Tips

  • Convenience. Make it even easier by picking up as many store-bought items as you can. I love Trader Joe’s for all things charcuterie, but if you have a favorite local specialty cheese shop that also sells preserves and jelly, or a gourmet chocolate shop that sells nuts, pretzels, and candies as well, by all means, do that. Whatever is easiest and within your budget!
  • Kids charcuterie. More than likely, you’ll have more items than can fit on one tray. As you’re assembling a bigger one, assemble a smaller snack platter on the side for your kids to enjoy!
  • Add dips last. Add your dips onto the board last just before serving. This way they stay fresh in the fridge until then.
  • Have fun with it! Get creative and remember it doesn’t have to be perfect. There is no right or wrong way (sort of) to assemble a charcuterie board. Don’t forget, once people start picking at it, it won’t be long before it no longer looks as put together!

Recipe FAQs

How far in advance can I prepare a charcuterie board?

You can assemble the board a few hours prior to serving if needed. Simply cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

If traveling with a charcuterie, I recommend covering the edges of the board with plastic food wrap and then tucking the remainder underneath. This keeps the snacks from falling off the sides of the board as the car moves.

What cheeses go well together on a charcuterie board?

In my opinion, a little bit of everything! I love to include a variety of cheeses to add different flavors and textures. Smoky, salty, soft, creamy…a good cheese board has it all!

What other appetizers go with a charcuterie board?

If you’re looking for a few more appetizers to serve alongside a charcuterie, a few of my favorites are these crockpot BBQ meatballs, bacon wrapped dates or a tray of classic deviled eggs.

fall charcuterie board on wooden circle board
Another variety on a circle wooden board

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Fall Charcuterie Board

5 from 4 votes
Author: Jamielyn Nye
This fall charcuterie board makes entertaining as easy and as budget-friendly as you make it! Wow your guests throughout the holidays with an appetizer spread that will make deciding on what to pick first almost as fun as eating it!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 10

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup pita crackers
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups popcorn
  • 2 cups caramel corn
  • 1 to 2 cups fall cookies
  • 2 apples , sliced
  • 1/2 cup caramel dip

Instructions

  • Lay 3 bowls on top of the board. Wash fruit, vegetables and slice. Pour hummus, nuts and dip into small bowls. Then start arranging ingredients around the bowls.
  • Add remaining ingredients to charcuterie board and assemble as desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

Variations:
This board is easy to make sweet or savory. Feel free to swap in your favorites.
  • Fruit – Fresh apple slices, or dried apple chips, orange slices, dried apricots, grapes, or figs.
  • Delicious dips like these sweet pumpkin cheesecake dip and toffee caramel dip. Or savory homemade hummus and skinny dill dip.
  • Cheeses – Slices of cheddar, blue cheese, swiss, Havarti, or gouda can be used. You could also make the centerpiece a cheese ball or a baked brie with spicy jelly.
  • Bread and crackersNaan bread, pita bread, Ritz, pretzels, tortilla chips, multi-grain crackers, or sliced baguette.
  • Veggies such as baby carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, sliced bell peppers, etc.
  • Treats like popcorn, caramel corn, candy corn, chocolate covered pretzels, red or black Twizzlers, chocolates, maple cookies, and caramel candies.
  • Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, pistachios etc. Mixed candied nuts are always a great idea.
  • Meats – Your favorite cured meats like salami, prosciutto, ham, pepperoni, etc.

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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